iThenticate and Avoiding Plagiarism
- As of September 1, 2014 all thesis/dissertations deposited at Purdue must be screened using the iThenticate program. Satisfaction of this requirement will be certified by both major professor & degree candidate signing in Electronic Thesis Acceptance Form [ETAF] 9. Please direct all iThenticate questions to Ashlee Messersmith, Manager of the Thesis & Dissertation Office.
LaTeX Template (puthesis)
The Thesis/Dissertation Office recommends using puthesis.
- Why should you use it?
- Thousands of people have graduated using it. You won’t need to “reinvent the wheel.”
- All formatting details are done automatically, you can concentrate of the content of your thesis instead of worrying about margins, typefaces, etc.
- It is especially convenient for typesetting mathematics.
- Many people think it produces a more attractive output than other systems.
- All of the software needed is free and available for a wide variety of software and operating systems.
- Some (especially engineering, mathematics, and science) journals use LaTeX.
- You may be able to cut large chunks out of your thesis, change a few lines at the top of the resulting file, and send that to a journal.
- Using LaTeX and BibTeX is very common in the scientific community. Sooner or later you may need to learn it anyway.
MS Word Template
Our Microsoft Word templates are designed to be used with Word 2013 (PC) and 2016 (MAC).
We are unable to support the use of these templates with older versions of Microsoft Word, Pages for Mac, or LibreOffice.
For troubleshooting, use Microsoft’s Help Pages.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with WORD TEMPLATE in the subject line.
Read the template instructions provided in each template before writing your thesis or dissertation.
Note: copy/pasting into templates may cause formatting issues that should be fixed before submitting to the Graduate School.
Our thesis formatting tutorial takes you step-by-step through the process of formatting your thesis from our template file. For more information on how to format and edit your manuscript, see our Thesis & Dissertation Formatting General Advice page.
Note: Therules and guidelines for thesis and dissertation formatting are developed by the Graduate School. Questions about the guidelines, or interpretation of them, should be directed to the Office of Degree Requirements at (413) 545-0025.
Download the Tutorials & Template Files
Find your version of Word below to download the tutorial appropriate to your needs. We also provide a template for creating your thesis and an example of what a final thesis should look like. The Graduate School rules permit three different heading and Table of Contents formats. To provide support for the greatest possible number of students, these files help you use the two most-frequently-used formats, numeric (Scientific) and simple (Traditional). See the Graduate School Guidelines for Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations for more information on the permitted formats. Please read the tutorial appropriate to your version of Microsoft Word before you decide which format to use.
* You can use your computer's built-in Archive or Unzip utility to open these .zip files and access the individual sample files. You can also unzip them using dedicated .zip utilities, such as 7-Zip (Windows) or StuffIt Expander (Macintosh). Consult the Help documentation for your computer or program of choice for more information.