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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.

Students should 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 above) about ETDs.  More specific questions may be directed to Michelle Eble ( or Marquerite Bond ( at the Graduate School.

Archives of ECU Theses and Dissertations

You can browse previously submitted ECU theses and dissertations through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database or the ScholarShip, ECU's institutional repository.  You can refine your search to theses or dissertations from your department. Please Note: some theses and dissertations are restricted or embargoed and you may not be able to access the full text. Please contact the Scholarly Communication Department or the Reference Desk with questions.

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database: Select "Advanced Search" and enter "East Carolina University" as the university/institution. You can also select "University/institution-SCH" in the drop-down beside the search box and add "East Carolina University" to the search box.  To add your department, select "Department-DEP" in the drop-down list beside the search box.  Enter in your department name. A screenshot is listed below.


  • ScholarShip, ECU's institutional repository: Select "Browse" in the upper right corner and go to "Communities and Collections." You can go to the "Dissertations and Theses" collection to see all submitted theses and dissertations. You can also go directly to your home department collection under "Academic Affairs" or Division of Health Sciences." From there, you can refine by date or by type (thesis or dissertation).