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Dissertation Format and Submission

Dissertation formatting & submission requirements

Dissertation Template Files

The Neumann Library provides Microsoft Word templates to help you compose your dissertation in the format required by the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Templates define the correct pagination, margins, font size and style, and other formatting settings according to the guidelines specified in the guide.

Why use a template? Templates automate much of the dissertation formatting, saving you time. They make use of Styles, which are on the Home ribbon in Microsoft Word. A Style is a command used to format your text with predefined settings, including font size, spacing, indentation, and so on. If you highlight some text and click a style button, it will format that text according to the style. The Table of Contents will pull from these styles to automatically update the headings and page numbers.

For help using these files, please make an appointment on the Contact Us tab.

Template Help Videos

  1. Introduction to the TemplatesThis video will introduce the template files. It will discuss downloading and unzipping the files, and what is included in the file package.
  2. Working with DOTX Template FilesThis video will discuss working with the template files. Specifically, it will explain what a DOTX file is and how to open and use it.
  3. Using the Word Template FilesThis video will describe what the Template Shell and Text Composer files are, and how to apply styles and automate the creation of your table of contents.
  4. Format Captions for Tables and Figures: This video will demonstrate how to format captions for tables and figures. Formatting captions properly ensures they can be automatically pulled into the List of Tables and List of Figures.
  5. Copy and Paste Your Dissertation/Thesis Into the Template Files: This video will demonstrate how to copy and paste your project, thesis, or dissertation into the templates files for theses, projects, and dissertations. This is a more involved process than it may appear.
  6. Reattaching the Template if it Becomes Disconnected:  This video demonstrates what to do if the template becomes disconnected from your document when you email it to someone else.
  7. Remove Figure from List of Figures: This video demonstrates what to do if a figure from your document appears in the List of Figures.
  8. Section Breaks: This video demonstrates how to avoid deleting section breaks in the Template Shell file.
  9. Turn a Single Page Landscape: This video demonstrates how to orient a single page in landscape and fix the page number.


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