This guide is a work in progress, designed to provide online assistance to graduate students in formatting their theses and dissertations using Microsoft Word. If there is content you would like to see added to this guide, contact Krista White, the Digital Humanities Librarian at RU-Newark.
Each graduate school has guidelines for formatting and submitting theses and dissertations. If your graduate school or program is not listed here, check with them to obtain specific information about your program's formatting requirements for theses and dissertations.
MS Word embeds formatting into documents. When you copy/paste text from one document to the next, it also copies and pastes the formatting. This can cause serious problems when you are trying to implement complex formatting in a document - formatting from one document may conflict with and alter formatting in the next document you paste into. For this reason, I recommend these strategies to prevent trouble with formatting.
General Advice on Versions During Writing
Do all of your writing and editing in the single, long document and save versions in case you need to go back and recover something you wrote previously.
BACK UP YOUR FILES REGULARLY
Save all of your documents in 3 different places. For instance, save one copy on your computer hard drive, one identical copy on a thumb drive or external hard drive and, preferably, a third identical copy in a cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox. Save your files frequently and update to all 3 of your saved locations every time you save.