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Thesis Formatting: Guidelines
This Guide helps HDR & Honours students format theses by expanding upon the Using Word Effectively workshop that LIS delivers for the Graduate Research School.
The font must be clear and easily read, such as Times, Times New Roman or Arial, in a font size such as 11, although another font of similar size and appearance is acceptable.
Paper sizing must be international size A4 (297mm x 210mm).
A line spacing of at least 1.5 is required.
Margins should be no less than 25mm.
Diagrams, maps, photographs, etc., interleaved in the text should be included in the page sequence and numbered accordingly.
Footnotes, if used, should be placed at the foot of the page to which they refer and not be carried over to another page.
Thesis pages may be printed double-sided on copies submitted for examination and to the JCU Library.
Suggested order of JCU theses
Theses at JCU often contain the following order. Check with your supervisor if this is appropriate for you.
Statement of the Contribution of Others
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Plates (e.g. images, photographs)
Main text (i.e. the ‘body’ of the thesis)
The page numbering for Items 2-8 above are typically in the form of Roman numerals (i.e. i, ii, iii, iv, etc.), with Arabic numerals (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) commencing at the start of the Main text.
It is normal not to include page numbering on the title page of the thesis.
The thesis document should be formatted using the odd and even pages layout option, such that page numbers sit at the outer margin on all pages when the thesis is printed double-sided and bound.
APA 7th Headings
To apply Level 4 and 5 headings (which are inline headings, meaning the heading appears on the same line as paragraph text), first type the heading and a few words of the text that follows. Then highlight the text that you want to be your heading and select the appropriate heading level from the Styles menu. Only the highlighted text will be formatted as the Level 4 or 5 heading.
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