Dissertation & Thesis Handbook
The Handbook - Arrangement of Contents: Front Matter
|Official Signature Page|
|Dedication and/or Acknowledgments|
|Table of Contents|
|Lists of Tables/Figures/Illustrations|
The Graduate School requires submission of one Signature Page with original signatures of all committee members. When your defense announcement is received and approved, the Graduate School will create the Signature Page and deliver it to the Chair of your Doctoral Advisory Committee. Note that your name must appear on your dissertation and all other documents as it appears on your Temple University transcript. If a name revision is required, make the change in Self-Service Banner or contact the Office of the Registrar.
No changes may be made to the Signature Page created by the Graduate School. Use of Wite-Out, cross-outs, tape, or the like to make revisions to the page render the Signature Page null and void.
Following your defense, the hard-copy original must be submitted to Christa Viola, Coordinator of Graduate Student Services, in the Graduate School, 501 Carnell Hall. The Signature Page will NOT be included as part of the dissertation's PDF.
The Graduate School requires submission of one Signature Page with the original signature of your Thesis Advisor. To create the Signature Page, follow the "script" in Appendix E1 to fill in the "writable" page in Appendix E2, adding a signature line beside the Thesis Advisor's department affiliation. Following your defense, submit the hard-copy original bearing your Thesis Advisor's signature to Christa Viola, Coordinator of Graduate Student Services, in the Graduate School, 501 Carnell Hall. Please note that the Signature Page will NOT be included as part of the thesis's PDF.
The E-Title Page is similar to the official Signature Page with three alterations:
- You generate the E-Title Page.
- Typed names replace signatures of the committee members.
- The E-Title Page is uploaded as part of your PDF.
- The E-Title Page is similar to the official Signature Page except:
- It should bear no signature, only typed names with titles and affiliations.
- It is uploaded as part of your PDF.
- Access and fill in the Dissertation or Thesis E-Title Page, as relevant.
- Follow the script version in Appendix F1 for dissertations or Appendix E1 for theses to ensure proper formatting and styling, such as bold and caps, on the writable version in Appendix F2 (dissertations) or Appendix E2 (theses).
- Title: Word substitutes must be used for formulae, symbols, superscripts, Greek letters, etc. While these are acceptable within the text of your document, they may not appear in the title because they cannot be used in computerized keyword searches.
- Diploma date: This date is the month and year of the official University diploma date — not of your defense and not of your school/college ceremony. The ONLY options are December, May, or July.
- The Copyright Page is optional and included only if the copyright fee is paid.
- When included, the Copyright Page is the first page on which a page number actually appears. It is numbered with a small Roman numeral two (ii).
- If included, the notification on the page is centered top to bottom and left to right and should read:
Year of Graduation (e.g., 2010)
Author's Legal Name
All Rights Reserved
- A template for the Copyright Page is included in Appendix G.
The Abstract, which has no set word limit but is an "abstract," should briefly:
- State the problem discussed in the manuscript.
- Describe the research procedures or methodology.
- Summarize major findings and conclusions.
- The Abstract is text only and may NOT contain any other element, such as tables, graphs, charts, illustrations, subheadings, or reference notes.
- The Abstract is double-spaced.
- Page numbers continue Roman numeral pagination of the front matter.
- A template for the Abstract is included in Appendix G.
- The Dedication and Acknowledgments pages are both optional.
- If one or both pages is included, double spacing is used.
- Page numbers continue Roman numeral pagination of the front matter.
- Templates for the Dedication and Acknowledgments pages are included in Appendix G.
- "Table of Contents" is a major heading and should be set in that format. Below that, at the right margin, is the column label "Page." Next, at the left margin, the sections in the manuscript are listed. Leader dots follow, with respective page numbers listed under the "Page" column header. A template for the Table of Contents is included in Appendix G.
- Front matter headings, including ABSTRACT, DEDICATION, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, LIST OF TABLES, LIST OF FIGURES, and/or LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS, are listed in the Table of Contents in all capital letters, at the left margin, if these sections exist in your manuscript. In the Table of Contents, do NOT include a line entry for the Copyright Page or Table of Contents itself.
- Below the front matter entries, still at far left, is the column label "CHAPTER." Under that, Arabic chapter numbers and chapter titles in all capital letters are listed. It is not required that subheadings be listed in the Table of Contents, but if they are, each level of subheading is indented 1/2" from the chapter title or subheading above. Do not list more than three levels of subheading on the Table of Contents — and if you list a level of heading for one chapter, list that level for every chapter in which it exists. Remember, this applies to the Table of Contents, not the text.
- Chapter numbers (e.g., 1, 2, 3) should be uniformly spaced from chapter titles. Chapter titles and subheadings should be uniformly separated from page numbers. Thus, if a title comes within 1/2" of its page number, break it into two or more single-spaced lines, aligning turnover lines with the first word of the title/subheading.
- Back matter headings, including BIBLIOGRAPHY/REFERENCES CITED and APPENDICES, are listed in the Table of Contents in all capital letters and at the left margin. If there is more than one APPENDIX, each is identified by a capital letter (e.g., A, B, C) assigned according to the order of mention in the text and aligned at the left margin.
- Do not repeat the column labels of "Page" and/or "CHAPTER" on subsequent pages of the Table of Contents.
- Page numbers for the Table of Contents continue Roman numeral pagination of the front matter.
- Separate lists are necessary if there are tables, figures, and/or illustrations in your manuscript. Depending on the items in your manuscript, you may have a List of Tables, a List of Figures, and a List of Illustrations — or you may have just one or two. Identify the materials in your dissertation/thesis and sort them into the appropriate list.
- The titles/captions listed in each list must match exactly the titles/captions in the manuscript. This includes wording, capitalization, abbreviations, punctuation, and the like. However, do not copy underlining (except in the case of statistical abbreviations) or bold to a list. The purpose of these lists is to allow the reader to locate easily the embedded table, figure, or illustration rather than have to page through the entire document.
- "Table," "Figure," or "Illustration" must appear as the left column label in its respective list. At right is the column label "Page." Below, the number and its corresponding title or caption appears. Each entry's corresponding page number is right-aligned, with leader dots separating title/caption from page number. If the list breaks onto multiple pages, do not repeat the column labels.
- If a title/caption comes within 1/2" of its page number, break it into two or more single-spaced lines that align under the first word of the title/caption.
- Each title/caption is double-spaced, except when single spacing is used for turnover lines of long titles/captions.
- Page numbers for Lists continue Roman numeral pagination of the front matter.
- Templates for the Lists are included in Appendix G.