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Csulb Library Thesis And Dissertation Office

2016 Edition University Format Guidelines

The 2016 University Style and Format Guidelines for Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations (pdf) covers all formatting rules in depth as well as details about electronic submission. Updated supplementary material (PowerPoints and templates of pages) based on the new 2016 rules is now available.

Students who require an accessible screen read version will need to use Adobe Reader 9.0 or above. From the "View" menu in Adobe Reader, select the "Read Out Loud" option to have the PDF document read.

Along with the university guide, departmental style guides (e.g., APA, MLA, etc.) should be consulted for specific citation and reference style.

If you are using human and/or animal subjects in your research, contact the Office of University Research.

For more information regarding Graduate Programs, please visit the Graduate Studies Website.

Links to Formatting Resources

Click on any underlined item listed below to bring up a new web page with formatting information.

We're here to help you prepare your manuscript using the University Format Guidelines and the style guide approved by your department.

Ready to submit your thesis, project report or dissertation? Be sure to complete all 4 steps: (1) Have your signature page complete with all signatures; (2) Have your manuscript formatted to the best of your ability in one PDF; (3) Deliver your signature page to the Thesis and Dissertation Office by 5 p.m. of the deadline date; and (4) Upload your PDF using the Internet address provided to you at the time you bring in your signature page. A payment of $95 is required at the time of uploading your PDF.

Need help with formatting? Refer to a Mini Manuscript PDF with examples of formatted pages. Watch PowerPoint slideshows about formatting rules. Use Microsoft Word-based templates to create pages. Set up a pre-submission consultation (during designated dates each semester). Come to a workshop. Call (562) 985-4013 or email any time with questions.

Concerned about copyright? Check out the copyright information page 

Looking for a thesis? Information about CSULB graduate level manuscripts is available through the University Library online catalog. Titles written after 2008 are only available through ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.

Finishing up your research? Browse through Research Guides created by CSULB University Librarians. Borrow materials from other libraries with interlibrary services.

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