Academic Writing Made Simple: A Synopsis Of The Dissertation Format


A dissertation can be a crucial point in a person’s career. That’s why it’s very important to give it enough attention and remember all requirements that exist for such academic projects.


Below, you will find a short synopsis of the dissertation format, which will guide you through all of the main requirements.


  1. Page format.

  2. It’s recommended to use standard paper and a font that is easily readable without confusions. In most cases, a 12pt type is used. When choosing fonts and their size, remember that the page should be clearly legible. After all, it will be printed in a collection of works, to be stored in the library of your college. Remember to create 1.25-inch margins at each side. Double or 1.5 spacing is required for the body of your project while pages like bibliography, glossary or table of contents can be single-spaced. All pages that go before the main paper are numbered with lower case Roman numerals. Arabic numerals start with the first page of the text.


  3. Included pages.

  4. There are certain essential pages that are supposed to be found in your project, some of which include a copyright page, a signature page, a title page, dedication, acknowledgments, abstract, a table of contents, and lists of tables, figures, and maps or slides. These pages should not be numbered with the main text. After the text, create an appendix, a glossary, and a bibliography (which are numbered with Arabic numerals).


  5. Special attention.

  6. You should always give special attention to pages like bibliography and footnotes. These are the pages that often cause the majority of problems for students and their supervisors. Depending on the academic style that you choose for your project, there will be different requirements for the organization and structure of pages. To make sure you’re on the right track, get your supervisor’s opinion on the organization of certain pages within your dissertation. Besides that, certain pages of the mentioned can be absent in your dissertation as soon as you and your supervisor decide that they are not necessary.


If you still have doubts regarding the format you have used for certain dissertation pages, you can validate with the help of special guides that provide a similar format synopsis alongside free samples of different formats, styles, etc. These guides can be found on the Internet, in writing labs of colleges, and in offline libraries, free of payment.

Set goals and reward yourself.

As you work on your project you should have goals in place to motivate you to finish in a timely manner. As you complete parts of your work you are getting closer to finishing your work according to your schedule. Maybe you can entice yourself to finish sooner if something was waiting for you upon completion. Make it something fun and enjoyable. It helps if it is something you may not usually enjoy. Make things interesting to encourage yourself to finish faster. You can at least consider trying to get your work done a week or so before your deadline.

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