dissertation and thesis
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An Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) is the same as its paper counterpart in content and organization and meets the formatting requirements described in the Format Manual for Theses and Dissertations.
All theses and dissertations beginning in the spring of 2007 are submitted electronically and are published through the UAB libraries’ digital collections.
A dissertation is the documentation of your original research or scholarship that serves as partial completion of graduation requirements for a doctoral degree.
A thesis is the documentation of your original research or scholarship that serves as partial completion of graduation requirements for a master’s degree.
The masters thesis and doctoral dissertation are written documents that describe the graduate student’s research. The subject of the thesis/dissertation is chosen by mutual agreement between the student and major adviser, and must be approved by the student’s Supervisory Committee. There is no fixed length for the thesis/dissertation, although the Supervisory Committee should provide guidance on format and content.
Masters theses should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. Doctoral dissertations should demonstrate technical mastery of the student’s field and advance or modify current knowledge. Dissertations should treat new material, find new results, or draw new conclusions; or it should interpret old material in a new light. It is expected that the research contained in the thesis/dissertation will be worthy of publication in appropriate peer-reviewed journals. Students are expected to prepare the manuscript(s) for publication prior to, or soon after, completion of their graduate program.
Attend our Dissertation and Thesis Virtual Hours where you can interact with staff from the Graduate School and University Libraries. The schedule can be found on the News and Events website. A summary of frequently asked questions can be found below. This document will be updated continuously as new items are addressed during office hours:
Below are general dissertation and thesis templates available for student use. These templates are for general use, but the department may have specific requirements. The student must check with their department about discipline specific formatting. The Regulations and Guidelines linked at the top of the page must be followed in conjunction with the templates below or the discipline specific requirements. The purple text boxes can be deleted within the Dissertation and Thesis Template documents.
JDP students with CSUSM should use this signature page link.
Request preliminary and final dissertation/thesis appointments via the online calendar
“The Abstract and Introduction” [slides] (University of Saskatchewan)
With thanks to Edwina Careeon. For any studies or disciplines that do not follow the same chapter organization (i.e., Introduce, Literature Review, Method, Result, and Discussion/Conclusion), please consult your advisor before using any of the following handouts to draft your dissertation/thesis.
Before you begin the final stages of writing your dissertation or thesis, you may want to see some examples of completed works. Information on where to locate dissertations and theses from your school at Rutgers is below. Additional information about Rutgers dissertations can be found on the separate Research Guide for Rutgers Dissertations and Theses. A more general Guide for Dissertations and Theses is also available.
To use QuickSearch to look for a Rutgers dissertation or thesis:
The Graduate College also has Dissertation and Thesis Formatting Guides available in order to assist students with formatting their dissertation or thesis. Please review the relevant guide prior to submitting your work for archiving.
All doctoral dissertations and master’s theses are submitted by the student for archiving upon final approval by the student’s committee. (“Dissertations” here also refers to DNP projects in Nursing and DMA documents in Music.) These works will be added to the UA Campus Repository and the national archive of dissertations and theses maintained by ProQuest/UMI. There are no fees charged for archiving.
Some Iowa State theses and dissertations are not eligible for open access. These may be accessible, with some restrictions, via ProQuest/UMI. On the ProQuest site, the full text of Iowa State’s digital theses and dissertations can be viewed by members of the Iowa State community (current students, faculty, and staff) or individuals searching from Iowa State campus IP addresses. Others can view only the first 25 pages of a thesis or dissertation from Iowa State
The Iowa State University Digital Repository provides open access to the full-text of many theses and dissertations completed at Iowa State University. From this page, you can either browse our theses and dissertations by academic department or by the year of completion.