Microsoft Word Templates

Below you will find Microsoft Word templates and examples you can use for formatting your thesis/dissertation. These files are formatted to meet all the requirements of the graduate college. Additionally, the templates contain detailed instructions for using them to ensure that your thesis/dissertation is formatted correctly. However, even when using the templates, it is possible to accidentally re-format some content.

For best results, turn on hidden characters by clicking the ¶ (paragraph) symbol in the Home ribbon of Microsoft Word. When pasting text into the template, right-click where you want to paste the text, and then select the “Paste text only” option to clear all formatting attributes from the source document. Use the formatting checklist to check that all of your content is formatted according to Graduate College requirements. Finally, schedule a format check with a CCE thesis/dissertation consultant to get feedback on your formatting.

Journal Article format: Use this style when you have published, have submitted, or will be submitting papers for publication. Each journal article becomes a chapter complete with abstract, introduction, tables, figures, references, and appendices (if any). References are put at the end of each chapter rather than at the end of the document. The first chapter is General Introduction. The last chapter is General Conclusion.

Traditional format: All your references and appendices are at the end of the paper. No journal paper articles are included.

LaTex Template

Templates are also provided below for theses and dissertations formatted in LaTeX.

When using LaTeX, be sure to visit ISU’s Overleaf website to retrieve the most current updates on the style and class files.

If you are new to using LaTeX, follow the instructions and comments in the template to avoid adding conflicting lines of code.

All Iowa State University students, faculty and staff are entitled to claim a Professional Overleaf account, using LaTex for writing and publishing their projects, presentations, and research papers. Claim your account here. If you already have an Overleaf free account, you can use your ISU e-mail to establish a Professional account.

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Templates for forms are also provided below.

The Shared Consent Form should be included as an Appendix if a thesis/dissertation chapter is co-authored by two or more graduate students who may also include the same chapter in their theses/dissertations. If student co-authors do not intend to include the manuscript as a chapter in their theses/dissertations, this form is not required. Students should discuss with their major professors and follow the instructions within the templates.

NOTE: If the student and major professor decide that the form is not required, be sure to indicate it under "Student Notes to Administrator" when submitting the thesis/dissertation in ProQuest.