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ECU's Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission Service: Vireo: Preparation of Thesis/Dissertation

East Carolina University Submission Guide for the Graduate School Theses and Dissertations.


Preparation of an Electronic Manuscript

When preparing a thesis or dissertation for digital publication, a student may wish to consider the below linked pages simultaneously.  The first, The Required Elements of Theses/Dissertations, details the specific ordering of required and optional pages and some details on formatting.  The second, The Manual of Basic Formatting Requirements for ETDs, gives more specific formatting instructions for the various required documents and in general.

There are some variations among departments concerning textual arrangement and reference formatting of theses and dissertations. One example is the inclusion of references at the end of each chapter (only those references used in the chapter itself), as opposed to having an all-inclusive list of references at the end of the dissertation, to be used only when individual chapters may be submitted as journal articles.  Students should consult with their research advisor and committee about department requirements.

A reminder to the student:  read these web pages entirely and carefully; there is great detail provided to help the student prepare an ETD.  It may also prove useful to consult the FAQs list (linked on left) about ETDs.  More specific questions may be directed to Tom McConnell ( or Marquerite Bond ( at the Graduate School.