IUP and the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR) offer students a wealth of services during the thesis/dissertation writing process. Students can get help with the writing process, learn how to use popular computer software, resolve network and security issues, and acquire computer software at little or no charge.

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Campus-Based Support

  • IUP Writing Center: The Writing Center offers a variety of free services and resources to help students develop their writing skills. The Graduate Editing Service is available to those who want a review at any time during the writing process.
  • IT Support Center: Visit the support center's website to find out what software is available to students through the university. Software, including Microsoft Office and SPSS, is available to students at discounted prices or even at no charge.
  • Ihelp Service: A new service for reporting technology support problems. This service enables you to enter support requests twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, without having to make a phone call. In addition, you can view the status of your submitted requests at any time.

Style Guides

Depending on their chosen field of study, most students follow one of the style guides below to cite research and format their thesis/dissertation. While some style guides are specific to the field of inquiry, students should verify with their departments the style guide to adopt.

  • American Psychological Association (APA): Visit the APA Style website, where you can purchase the style manual. The website also has free tutorials, a blog, and other learning resources. The latest version of the APA style manual is the seventh edition.
  • Modern Language Association (MLA): Visit the MLA website, where you can purchase the handbook. The latest version of the MLA handbook is the ninth edition.
  • American Chemical Society (ACS): Link to the Oxford University Press website, where you can purchase the style manual. You can also download a free PDF of the chapter devoted to the reference list.
  • Council of Science Editors (CSE): Visit the CSE website, where you can purchase the eighth edition of the style guide.
  • Kate L. Turabian Style Manual: Visit the University of Chicago website, where you can request a copy of the ninth edition of the guide. An online quick guide provides common examples of materials cited.
  • American Sociological Association (ASA): Visit the ASA website to purchase the style guide. The latest version of the ASA style manual is the sixth edition.
  • Society for American Archaeology (SAA): Visit the SAA website to view an online version of the style guide. A PDF version of the style guide can be downloaded at no charge.
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM): Visit the SIAM website to view the guidelines for authors.

Keep in mind that style guides focus on publishing in the corresponding organization's peer-reviewed journals. Their standards may differ from thesis/dissertation standards of the SGSR.