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To reach your SLC Thesis Format Advisor, Tyler Gabbard, you can email .

SLC Thesis Format Approval Process

If you are writing a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation and you are registered in the School of Languages and Cultures, you are required to follow the suggestions and requirements of Purdue Format as set forth in documents, videos, and workshops available on the University Thesis Office website: < >. The workshop is vitally important; you must arrange to attend one. There the requirements will be explained and you will receive a packet of formatting information.

The Graduate School has created new, easier-to-use templates for MLA and APA formats. Please download the most current template from the Grad School Website ( ) - you can select PC or MAC templates.

All deposits must be done electronically 24-48 hours before your deposit appointment with the University Thesis Office Director. To complete the deposit, a number of forms and surveys must be completed prior to your appointment. Early in the semester in which you plan to deposit, you must visit the University Thesis Office website, where you can make this appointment online. If you wait too long you may not get an appointment and may not be able to graduate that semester.

Our School has its own requirements, which are not given on the University Thesis website.

• SLC specifies the use of Purdue Format.

• In addition, the School allows underlining or italic type, but not both, throughout the thesis. The two mean the same thing. Italics are the standard in book production.

• Ask your major professor what authority to follow for documentation style (MLA, APA, LSA, etc.). Copies required by SLC are listed in the SLC Guidelines, on a separate sheet, and in the FAQ on this SLC Thesis website.

Information on forms, scheduling, and deadlines is available in the Grad Office, Room 141, from Joni Hipsher, the SLC Graduate Secretary.

The current School thesis format advisor is Tyler Gabbard (). The School thesis format advisor will check the format and help in interpreting the requirements. He will answer questions about software, but he will not do the computer work. 

You should contact the SLC thesis format advisor early in your work on your thesis and make every attempt to attend a Grad School formatting workshop.

When your complete thesis is formatted (before or after your defense), you may send an electronic copy to . The thesis format advisor will check the format only and email you her comments in writing or meet with you one-on-one.

After your defense, and after the thesis is approved by your committee and the thesis format advisor and all corrections are made, you will be ready to make the electronic deposit. Instructions may be found on the University Thesis website.


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