Matters of Style and Format

  • Your paper should be organized and written in a manner consistent with the scholarly conventions in your discipline. Likewise, your form of documentation—such as APA, CBE, Chicago, or MLA—should be that which is standard in your field. If you and your advisor know that you will be submitting your paper as an article for a particular journal, you may be advised to follow the documentation style of that journal. Your thesis director will be able to give you guidance on these points.

    Other matters of format:

    • Follow the format of the sample title page and approval page
    • Margins should be generous—1½ inches on the left to allow for binding, 1¼ inches on the top and bottom, and 1 inch on the right.

    Additional details regarding format can be found in the IUP graduate school's Thesis Manual or in the style manual appropriate to your discipline.

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