Formating your Thesis

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For more tutorials from the Rizzo Group go here: Rizzo Lab Information and Tutorials

This is ment to aid in formating a thesis or diseratation.

For gratuate students at stony brook university see the following Graduate School link [1].

Note that different departments might also have there own requierments.

For an example of a thesis/Disertation see Trent Balius' [2] (SBU) or Rob Rizzo's [3] (yale).

For Word 2003

Uses the style feild in the formatting toolbar to set text as headings.

  • Insert the table of contents by going to:
  • Insert --> Reference --> Index and Tables.
  • Click the Table of Contents tab
  • See the following link for more info [4]

For example, a chapter Title might have the formate style Header 1. Each Section title of the chapter might have format stile Header 2.

To insert a figure/table caption:

  • Insert --> Reference --> Caption
  • To insert a caption with the label "Figure 1-#"
    • click the add new label and type "Figure1-"
    • Then click ok
  • Select the label you want and click ok.
  • See the following link for more info [5]

Add the title of the figure on the same line and the rest of the caption on the next line.

To insert the Table of Figures

  • Insert --> Reference --> Index and Tables
  • Click on Table of Figures
  • select the appropriate Caption label

Repeat for all appropriate Caption label

To refresh the table of contents (or figures):

  • right click with you mouse on the text of the table of contences.
  • go to update feild
  • select update entier table.
  • click ok

This will ajust the page numbering and the section or caption texted

To make the Table of Tables perform that same process as for the figures only aid the label as "Table 1-", or "Table 2-"


For referencing, we use the EndNote program.

Stony Brook Students can download EndNote from softweb [6].

EndNote is compatible with Microsoft Word.

Note that the Appendices were required to come at the end of the document, after the references. I circumvented this problem by formatting my document with the references at the end until the document was complete and then moving the appendices.