This is the official style guide for theses and dissertations in the College of the Arts. Special style guides are used by various Schools for footnote form and other matters of detail. Students should consult these guidelines for matters not covered in this style guide. When variations between statements in this document and the style guides listed for a specific discipline occur, students should consult with their thesis or dissertation advisor.
Reasons for Regulations
The rules presented here are necessary because theses and dissertations are catalogued by University Libraries and submitted in an electronic format to OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. Therefore, they must be produced with the same care as printed books. Margins must be uniform, and paper, if used, must be of uniform color and quality.
Degree candidates are responsible for the accurate preparation of all aspects of the thesis or dissertation and submission of the document. Candidates should not expect their advisors to edit their theses or dissertations for errors, nor should they expect typists to correct or edit copies.
Certification that a thesis or dissertation is correct with regard to mechanical style and format is made by the student, the thesis or dissertation director, and the school director. Such certification is made through submission of two copies of the signed signature page to the Dean’s Office of the College of the Arts (with all signatures secured in black ink except the college dean’s).