We're here to help you prepare your manuscript using the University Format Guidelines and the style guide approved by your department.
Ready to submit your thesis, project report or dissertation? Be sure to complete all 4 steps: (1) Have your signature page complete with all signatures; (2) Have your manuscript formatted to the best of your ability in one PDF; (3) Deliver your signature page to the Thesis and Dissertation Office by 5 p.m. of the deadline date; and (4) Upload your PDF using the Internet address provided to you at the time you bring in your signature page. A payment of $95 is required at the time of uploading your PDF.
Need help with formatting? Refer to a Mini Manuscript PDF with examples of formatted pages. Watch PowerPoint slideshows about formatting rules. Use Microsoft Word-based templates to create pages. Set up a pre-submission consultation (during designated dates each semester). Come to a workshop. Call (562) 985-4013 or email any time with questions.
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Look for the words Abstract page template and Copyright page template in the boxes below for links to two separate formatted Microsoft Word documents that can be used to create your Abstract or Copyright page.
The title of the document matches exactly on the abstract, title page, and signature page--word for word and line for line--using all uppercase letters and an "inverted pyramid" shape (the longest line comes first followed by progressively shorter lines).
The Copyright page is not required. You can include a Copyright page in your document whether you have registered your manuscript with the Copyright Office or not. The page is a reminder to readers that you, as the creator of the document, have copyright privileges to the information within the document. The Copyright page does not have a page number and is not counted as a page in the document, so the numbering of pages that follow the copyright page is not affected by the presence of a Copyright page in the document.
NOTE: The templates were created using the 2013 version of Microsoft Word. If a template is downloaded in another version of Word or another word processing program, the formatting may be incorrect. Also, if a template is copied and pasted into another document, the settings of that document (margins, page number settings, font style, etc.) may affect the look of the template.