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Dissertation and Thesis Guidelines

All the steps for submitting your dissertation, thesis, or clinical project to the Leatherby Libraries.

Initial Steps for Library Submission

Initial Steps for Library Submission


  1. Complete the appropriate Checklist (below) and obtain the necessary signature(s) from the committee chair or advisor. (Please check the "Last updated" dates to ensure you are using the current version.)
  2. Email the following to the Dissertations and Theses Librarian at as two separate files (NOTE: If you are submitting between June 18-26, please copy on this email):

    • Signed checklist, with both pages in one file.

    • The dissertation or thesis, with signed approval page. PDF format is preferred.

Submissions without signatures or using an older version of a checklist will not be accepted.


  1. The Dissertations and Theses Librarian will evaluate the dissertation/thesis for compliance. Please allow at least 2 business days for a response.

    If changes are needed, the Dissertations and Theses Librarian will contact the student. The library will review each dissertation/thesis up to two times (including the initial review). If the dissertation/thesis does not meet the formatting requirements after two reviews, the student may be asked to work with a professional editor and/or have their chair review and submit a new checklist.

Solutions to many common formatting issues are available under the Formatting Questions tab of the Frequently Asked Questions page. You may also wish to consult the Common Formatting Issues page to learn about common issues to avoid.


  1. If no changes are needed, the Dissertations and Theses Librarian sends an approval email to the student with instructions to move on to the appropriate next steps for online submission.

Checklist and Formatting Requirements

Checklist and Formatting Requirements

The Dissertation/Thesis Checklist is mandatory for all library submissions. The Checklist allows the Committee Chair and the Leatherby Libraries' Dissertations and Theses Librarian to verify that all format requirements have been completed properly. Please use the appropriate checklist for your program.


Fillable Templates (optional)
Though you are not required to use them, fillable templates for your thesis and dissertation are also provided to use during the writing process. Please note that these templates are optional and are offered on an as-is basis. They are not formatted according to a single citation style (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.), and thus their specific formatting may not be ideal for all dissertations and theses. You may customize the look of many elements in the template or create your own document from scratch, so long as the elements required by the checklist are formatted appropriately. In the case of any discrepancies between checklist and template, the checklist has authority and is the final word on formatting requirements.

If you have any questions about the checklist or templates, please check the Formatting Questions tab of the Frequently Asked Questions page.