General Requirements

All items listed in the Table of Contents, List of Figures, List of Tables, and List of Objects must be linked to that item. Transporting the reader from the table item to the item in the text of the document when selected by the reader. This process is managed through the proper use of the templates provided.

General Requirements
Attribute Requirement
Margins 1” for all pages (top, bottom, left, and right);
Font 12-point Arial (throughout, including tables and figures);
Alignment left-align text throughout (ragged right)
Page Numbering Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.) centered at the bottom of each page;
Page Order title page, copyright page, *dedication (if any), *acknowledgments, *table of contents, *list of tables (if any), *list of figures (if any), *list of abbreviations (if any), academic abstract, *chapters, *appendices (if any), *list of references, *biographical sketch;
Spacing double-space most text. Indent first lines of paragraphs consistently. Single-space headings, tables, figures, bulleted-list items, equations, block quotes, and appendix matter (with only one blank line space before and after the single-spaced matter). No more than one blank line space anywhere.;
Text Flow must be continuous throughout the chapter. Put tables and figures at the end of the appropriate chapter. Do not insert them into the text of the chapter, unless you can do so without leaving gaps at the bottom of text pages.
Headings a chapter heading is an example of a major division heading*. All formatting rules for appendices are the same as for chapters, except that some appendix material is single-spaced.

  • Subheadings : All subheadings and paragraph headings are bold
  • First-Level Subheadings Are Centered and in Title Case
  • Second-Level Subheadings Are Flush-Left and in Title Case
  • Third-Level subheadings are flush-left and in sentence case
  • Paragraph subheadings are indented and in sentence case. Paragraph headings end with a period or colon. Start the text on the same line as the paragraph heading (Paragraph headings can also be used in bulleted lists)