Dissertation / Thesis Template

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Below are dissertation/thesis templates and examples you can use for formatting your dissertation/thesis. Another option is to format your own dissertation/thesis using the guidelines indicated in Organizing Your Thesis.

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Journal Paper format: Use this style when you have published, have submitted, or will be submitting papers for publication. Each journal paper becomes a chapter complete with abstract, introduction, tables, figures, references, and appendices. References are put at the end of each chapter rather than at the end of the paper. The first chapter is Introduction. The last chapter is Conclusion.

Traditional format: All your references and appendices are at the end of the paper. No journal paper articles are included.


Templates for Journal Paper and Traditional formats are available on the Iowa State University Overleaf Template website: https://www.overleaf.com/edu/iastate#templates

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