Dissertation Writing Tutorial:
One of the most crucial stages of writing a dissertation is the formatting, which does not require extra ordinal research skills, but rather carefulness and attentiveness. Setting the right format should be the first and final stages of your PhD research.
Decide what formatting style to use for your dissertation.
There are two basic formatting styles that set the requirements for the formats, structures, and reference citations of research works in different fields of sciences; they are APA and MLA. The first one was created by the Modern Language Association, and is used for formatting papers that investigate certain aspects of language and literature. The second one was set by the American Psychological Association, and is used in the sphere of sociological sciences. The decision of which style you will use should be made in collaboration with your advisor, who may also add some additional requirements.
Customize the word processor.
Once the formatting style is discussed and defined, it is necessary to set the font, margins, and other formal features of the style. They mostly coincide for both styles and require:
- Unified margins on all sides (1 inch each).
- 12 point Times New Roman or Courier font.
- Double spacing between lines.
- Left alignment of the text.
- 5-7 spaces for paragraph identification.
- One space after each period.
- Page numbers in the upper right hand corner of every page.
- Separate pages for every table, graph, or diagram.
It is advisable to save the settings under the name of the chosen formatting style to use them for other works in the future.