Roman Numeral page number, centered, bottom of page.
Margins: Left margin 1.5 inch. Top, Right, Bottom 1 inch.
Font: 12 pt. Double-spaced throughout. Use same font style throughout document.
Section Heading: TABLE OF CONTENTS -- ALL CAPS, bold, centered on first line. (Use CHPT_HD font style)
Inserting a Table of Contents:
Click on REFERENCE tab.
Click on Table of Contents.
Click on Custom Table of Contents.
Make sure that Show levels is set to 3.
Click on Options.
Type a number 1 next to CHPT_title.
Remove the numbers next to Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3.
Scroll down until you see Heading2 and Heading3.These are the headings that you previously created when setting up your document.
Type a number 2 next to Heading2.
Type a number 3 next to Heading3.
Populating the Table of Contents:
The TOC can be automatically generated if you use the pre-formatted font styles created in Setting Up Your Document. As you type your document, remember to use each of those font styles as appropriately required. After adding content:
Click on the Reference tab.
Click on Update Table.
Choose either to:
Update page numbers only.
Updates just the page numbers of the existing TOC contents.
Update entire table.
Updates all headings and page numbers in the TOC, adding new content as needed.
When finished, click on the Insert tab, and click on Page Break to start a new section.
Our thesis formatting tutorial takes you step-by-step through the process of formatting your thesis from our template file. For more information on how to format and edit your manuscript, see our Thesis & Dissertation Formatting General Advice page.
Note: Therules and guidelines for thesis and dissertation formatting are developed by the Graduate School. Questions about the guidelines, or interpretation of them, should be directed to the Office of Degree Requirements at (413) 545-0025.
Download the Tutorials & Template Files
Find your version of Word below to download the tutorial appropriate to your needs. We also provide a template for creating your thesis and an example of what a final thesis should look like. The Graduate School rules permit three different heading and Table of Contents formats. To provide support for the greatest possible number of students, these files help you use the two most-frequently-used formats, numeric (Scientific) and simple (Traditional). See the Graduate School Guidelines for Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations for more information on the permitted formats. Please read the tutorial appropriate to your version of Microsoft Word before you decide which format to use.
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