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Template Files

Download the correct template for your project. Be sure to read & follow the instructions found in the help documents.



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Templates have been created to work in conjunction with MS Word and the Writing & Style Guide. They allow you to concentrate on writing your thesis. You will not have to worry about spacing, page numbers, or other style details.

Template Benefits

The templates are based on styles. Please refer to the Help Document to make sure you are using and applying the correct styles.

If you use the thesis template the following will magically occur:

  • Your entire thesis will be in one document.
  • Your table of contents will be created automatically.
  • The styles will take care of: correct spacing, appropriate bolding (headings) and indentations (block quotes).
  • You will have one complete bibliography of all your works cited.
  • You do not have to insert page numbers. The page numbers will line up correctly for you (bottom center for first pages of chapters, top right for all other pages).

Read the Help Document. Follow the directions. Save often.

Develop a workable naming process for your files. Keep track of all versions and revisions as you write your thesis.

Choose a Template

Choose the appropriate template for your program or project. The Research Paper Template applies to all degree programs. It can be used for your thesis proposal.

Download the Help Document for your operating system. This explains how to:

  • use the templates
  • work with page numbers
  • use section breaks to create new chapters (page numbers will be accurate)
  • generate a table of contents
  • build a table of figures and illustrations.

Download a Template

Use your personal computer or a campus lab computer.

  1. Download the template you need from the list at left. Start writing your paper/thesis. Create a back up version. Save it in your H:// drive or Google Drive.  When you need a new template, come back and download another one. This ensures you will always work with the latest template.
  2. Download and save the template you need somewhere on your computer (such as your desktop or your Documents folder). Then open the saved template when you are ready to begin writing your paper/thesis. You can open and re-use this same template as many times as you need. There is no need to go to the Writing & Style Guide each time.

Thesis Tutorials

To view the videos full-screen, click the small black box found in the bottom right-hand of each video's control bar.

Getting Started with the Templates: Where and How to Download

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Styling Your Text

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Using the Document Map and Table of Contents

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Creating a List of Tables and Figures

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