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Suggested Document Organization

Proper arrangement and construction of the parts of a thesis or dissertation manuscript will likely vary according to the styles adopted by different disciplines. The following are suggestions concerning the organization of the manuscript. They should be taken as a norm from which deviations may be made under the guidance of your advisor or committee.

Front Matter

  • Title Page
  • Abstract
  • Dedication (optional)
  • Acknowledgments
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • List of Symbols, Abbreviations, or Nomenclature
  • List of Multimedia Objects or Files


  • Introduction
  • Review of Literature
  • Text of Investigation
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Recommendations

Back Matter

  • Bibliography
  • Appendix