All dissertations and thesis submitted to any institution should always follow an approved style as per the guidance of the dissertation and thesis department. Poor citations and formatting styles may result in dissertation disapproval. Writing styles guidelines give proper methods of formatting as well as other important aspects of preparing a well-researched manuscript.
Importance of a Dissertation Formatting & Editing
Some of the standard styles of writing a dissertation include APA, MLA and Chicago. Formatting is referred to as pages design in a document and other specifications for printing and presenting. Every dissertation should have a presentable page layout that includes margins, pagination, headers and footers.
All the pages of a dissertation paper should be adjusted to 1.5inch in the left margin and 1.0 inch at the top, bottom and right margins. Mirror margins should not be used in any case and figures, appendix and tables must fit in the margins specified. A dissertation paper should contain a running header which is a text that is placed at the top of the document and a page number at the top right of the paper. Running head should be right aligned and one text smaller than other text in the main document. Thus the running head should be 0.5 inches from the top.
The page numbers in a dissertation paper should be in the same font and size without dashes. All the pages that appear before the main text are known as front matter, and each is written on a separate page. Students must ensure that the following sections are included in all dissertations: title page, copyright page, and acknowledgement, table of contents, the abstract list of tables, list of figures and list of abbreviations. Same text should be used considerably throughout the document. The standard text font is Times New Romans font 12. Paragraphs differ depending on institution with some requiring the paragraphs first to line indented and others block. Full justification is not a necessity in writing dissertation proposals. Every dissertation should either be double spaced or 1.5 spaced between the lines.