Thesis Style and Format

Updated: Jan. 23, 2019

Style and Format

1. Use one font for your whole essay
Times New Roman (Windows) are recommended.

2. An abstract in English of not fewer than two hundred and not more five hundreds words shall be a part of each Thesis or Independent Study Report.

3. For the Text Body, use Double Space, font size 12 point or 11 point (if laser printer used).

4. You can use single space for "quotation paragraph and footnotes."

5. For the Headings, one can use bold, and bigger font size can be used (16, 14).

6. It is recommended to use style format (Do not format manually), such as Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3, Body Text, Quote, Title.
Heading 1 (font size 16)
Heading 2 (font size 14, Bold)
Heading 3 (font size 14)
Heading 4 (font size 12, Bold)
Body Text (font size 12)

7. Page numbering should be placed in the center bottom of the page.
The Roman numerals (lower case, italic) should be used Front matters/Preliminaries which include Abstract, Acknowledgements, Table of Contents, Abbreviations.

No page numbering for Title page and Declaration.

8. No footer or header should be used for the Thesis and Independent Study Report.

9. Page size is A4, all margins (top, down, left and right) should be set as 1 inch. Left margin can be 1.25 for the purpose of binding.

10. For Romanized Pali and Sanskrit letters, the following Unicode fonts are recommended.
New Time Roman (version 5, from Windows Vista supports all Pali Diacritic Letters) is recommended for MS Windows 7, 8, 9

Thesis and Independent Study Report Printing and Binding Guide.

11. The College permits the student to submit their Theses and Independent Study Reports in temporary binding for examination purposes. Each copy of the Thesis or Independent Study Report with its Declaration preceding the title page, shall be bound in three volumes using soft covers.

12. The final copy of the Thesis shall be bound in three volumes, with its Declaration preceding the title page, with the title, name of author, degree, and date to be lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine in accordance with the standard layout approved by the College.

Hard cover for:
MA Thesis ____(red)_______ colour
Ph.D. Dissertation _____(black)___________colour

13. The final copy of the Independent Study Report shall be bound in three volumes, with its Declaration preceding the title page, with the title, name of author, degree, and date to be written on the front cover in accordance with the standard layout approved by the College.

Hard cover (with glossy paper 200 g/m² only) for:
Independent Study ______(Green) ______colour

13. One CD Rom containing the soft copy of the completed Thesis as a single PDF file is attached when the final Thesis or independent study Report is submitted.

The Chicago Manual of Style and MLA Style are recommended.

The Chicago Manual of Style

MLA Style Guide with Samples

Based on the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, New York: Modern Language Association of America, 7th edition.

Please Note: In the bibliography, all lines after the first should be indented.

Citing Print Resources

Type of Entry Bibliography Footnote
Book with one author Frye, Northrop. Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1957. 1 Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1957) 32-34.
Book with more than one author Bonadella, Peter, and Julie Conaway Bonadella, eds. Dictionary of Italian Literature. Westport: Greenwood, 1979. 2 Peter Bonadella, and Julie Conaway Bonadella, eds., Dictionary of Italian Literature (Westport: Greenwood, 1979).
Translator of the scriptures The Book of the Discipline V1. Trans. I. B. Horner. London: PTS, 1949. The Book of the Discipline V1. Trans. I. B. Horner (London: PTS, 1949): 121.
Anonymous Author "Portents for Future Learning." Time 21 Sept. 1981: 65. 3 "Portents for Future Learning," Time 21 Sept. 1981: 65.
Multi-volume set Churchill, Winston S. The Age of Revolution. New York: Dodd, 1957. Vol. 3 of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. 4 vols. 1956-58. 4 Winston S. Churchill, The Age of Revolution, (New York: Dodd, 1957). Vol. 3 of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. 4 vols. 1956-58.
Journal article (continuous pagination) Spear, Karen. "Building Cognitive Skills in Basic Writers." Teaching English in the Two Year College 9 (1983): 91-98. 5 Karen Spear, "Building Cognitive Skills in Basic Writers," Teaching English in the Two Year College 9 (1983): 91-98.
Journal article (paginated by issue) Monk, Patricia. "Frankenstein's Daughters: The Problems of the Feminine Image in Science Fiction." Mosaic 13.3-4 (1980): 15-27. 6 Patricia Monk, "Frankenstein's Daughters: The Problems of the Feminine Image in Science Fiction," Mosaic 13.3-4 (1980): 15-27.
Newspaper article Dalin, Damon. "A $7 Greeting Card? Yes, But listen to the Melody It Will Play For You." Wall Street Journal 10 May 1983, eastern ed.: 37. 7 Damon Dalin, "A $7 Greeting Card? Yes, But listen to the Melody It Will Play For You," Wall Street Journal 10 May 1983, eastern ed.: 37.

Citing Electronic Resources

Type of Entry Bibliography Footnote
Online journal (using volume and page format) Simon, Joal A., Esther S. Hudes. "Relationship of Ascorbic 
Acid to Blood Lead Levels."JAMA 281 (1999): 2289-2293. 
Web. 24 Aug. 1999 <http://www.ama-assn.org/
sci-pubs/journals/archive/jama/vol_281/no_24/joc81766.htm>.
8Joal A. Simon and Esther S. Hudes, "Relationship of Ascorbic Acid to Blood Lead Levels," JAMA 281 (1999): 2289-2293, 
Web. 24 Aug. 1999 <http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/
journals/archive/jama/vol_281/no_24/joc81766.htm>.
Online journal (no volume or page information) "A New Treatment for Low Back Pain." Alternative Health 
News Online 22 Oct.1998. Web. 24 Aug. 1999 <http://www.altmedicine.com/app/
archive.cfm?article=1519&searchquery=pain management>.
9 "A New Treatment for Low Back Pain," Alternative Health
News Online 22 Oct.1998, Web. 24 Aug. 1999 <http://www.altmedicine.com/app/
archive.cfm?article=1519&searchquery=pain management>
Online Database or Web Site The THCME Medical Biochemistry Page. Ed. Michael W. 
King. August 16, 1999. Terre Haute Center for Medical 
Education. Web. 24 Aug. 1999 <http://web.indstate.edu/
thcme/mwking/home.html>.
10The THCME Medical Biochemistry Page, ed. Michael W. King, August 16, 1999, Terre Haute Center for Medical Education, Web. 24 Aug. 1999 <http://web.indstate.edu/thcme/mwking/home.html>.

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