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Thesis & Dissertation Toolbox

Library information for master's and doctoral students working on their theses and dissertations.

When you're working on a master's thesis or dissertation, the Library can help you with your research. Find guidance here!

Please note: Master’s and Ph.D. students are required to submit their papers to ProQuest's ETD Administrator where the formatting will be reviewed by Library staff. See formatting requirements below.

All questions related to the defense process and collecting electronic signatures should be directed to The Office of Graduate Academics and Student Success at



Who to ask for help


Starting the process, selecting your advisor, scheduling a defense:

Please note that while the Graduate and Doctoral Student Handbooks (below) mention the Library's role in formatting and submission, you should refer to the Library website linked above for current guidelines.

Library formatting and submission:

Literature searching and reviews:

When you are embarking on writing your own thesis or dissertation, it can be helpful to see what others have done in the past for formatting examples as well as sample topics.

Search the database below for author, department, and title. Log into Okta if prompted.