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Stage 1 of the Thesis Process: Development

As you develop ideas, collect data, research, and write your thesis, the resources below and additonal thesis resources can help.

Resources for research and writing | Copyright tools | Formatting your thesis


Resources for research and writing


Copyright tools: using previously published material in your thesis

The Thesis Office encourages students to read the Graduate College's statement on the use of previously copyrighted material in a thesis and the responsibility of students to exercise sound authorship practices.

The Thesis Office does not advise students on what can or cannot be considered "fair use." However, students may find the resources on the Copyright Tools page helpful in making and documenting their own determination of whether permission is required for the use of previously copyrighted material in a thesis. See the Graduate College format requirements for guidelines on the citation of previously published material in your thesis.


Formatting your thesis

Graduate College thesis requirements

All theses and dissertations must satisfy the Graduate College thesis requirements in order to be accepted for deposit.

Departmental requirements

Students should check with their departments early in the writing process so that they are aware of any program- or department-specific format requirements as the thesis or dissertation is developed.

Style guides

The Graduate College does not require the use of any particular style, although some departments do. Students with format-related questions that are not specifically covered by either Graduate College or departmental requirements are encouraged to consult a style guide relevant to their discipline. Examples of informative style guides are