Dissertation & Thesis Handbook

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Chapter Numbers and Titles


Chapter Numbers and Titles

  • "CHAPTER #" and "CHAPTER TITLE" are normally all caps and centered at the top of a new page. Arabic numbers – not words, not Roman numerals – designate chapter numbers. Line spacing should be consistent spacing, whether single or double.
  • Other placements and capitalization schemes may be accepted. The key is to be consistent on all headings with the same level of importance.


  • This is the substance of the dissertation/thesis. It includes all chapters and their sections and subsections, with a corresponding page number in the Table of Contents.
  • Page numbers begin with an Arabic number one (1) for the first page of Chapter 1 and continue consecutively.
  • A sample first page of a chapter is shown in Appendix H, while a Chapter template is included in Appendix I.


  • Notes may be substantive or explanatory. Notes may identify sources or indicate keys to reading a table. Depending on your style manual and the purpose of the notes, they may be called footnotes, endnotes, notes, general notes, probability notes, etc.
  • Regardless of what your notes are called, each entry must have the same format:
    • Single- or double-spaced within notes
    • Double spacing between notes
    • Same font as the rest of the text
    • Ideally, same point size as the rest of the text
    • Under no circumstances, smaller than 10 point