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Electronic Thesis and Dissertations

School of Graduate Studies


Style Guide for Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The Thesis and Dissertation Guide is the official word on what the School of Graduate Studies expects in a graduate thesis or dissertation. Get to know these rules well.

  • Theses and dissertations that do not meet these guidelines will be returned for correction.

  • This Guide should be used in conjunction with your Departmental Style Guide.  Details on the Departmental Style Guides are below.

For the complete School of Graduate Studies ETD Guide, see Thesis and Dissertation Guide


Departmental Style Guides

The School of Graduate Studies' Thesis and Dissertation Guide describes the basic ground rules all students at ETSU must follow when preparing their manuscripts. However, there are many topics that this guide does not address, such as how in-text citations and reference sections are formatted. These are handled by a style guide adopted by your academic department (ACS, APA, ASA, AMA, Campbell, CSE, LaTeX, MLA, and Turabian).  For the list by department, see page 11 in the Thesis and Dissertation Guide or click here.

Why another guide?

Departments have many of the rules for writing in their own discipline already established by academic journals and international organizations. As a graduate student, you need to become familiar with these rules if you wish to publish in your field. 

What this means.

You'll have to abide by two style guides: the School of Graduate Studies' Thesis and Dissertation Guide described on this web site, and your departmental style guide. 

If a conflict occurs, the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies' Thesis and Dissertation Guide take precedence over those in another style manual. 


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