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Note: Please check with your thesis advisor to determine if you should use guidelines that are specific to your department or discipline. If none are required, please use the attached guidelines for your thesis.

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Beth Harris
Special Collections Management Librarian
Wyndham Robertson Library
Hollins University
Roanoke, VA 24020
(540) 362-6237

Undergraduate Theses

  1. Page Order
    • Title Page (click here for sample)
    • Dedication (optional)
    • Acknowledgements (optional)
    • Introduction or abstract
    • Table of contents, including page numbers
    • Text
    • Appendix (optional)
    • Endnotes (if using)
    • Bibliography
  2. Title page: your title should follow the example of the attached sample.
  3. Page Numbers
    • Use small case Roman numerals (i,ii,iii,iv,v) for preliminary pages (prior to first page of text); use Arabic numerals (1,2,3,4,5) for remaining pages.
    • The title page is considered the first page but do not put a page number on title page. (The next page will be numbered ii.)
    • Number all pages, including those with photographs, charts, appendices, etc.
    • Page numbers can be placed in the upper right hand corner, 0.5 inch from the top, or in the bottom center, 0.5 inch from the bottom.
  4. Wordprocessing. Must be wordprocessed, double-spaced, have 1 inch margins, and use a 12 pt. easy-to-read, serifed font.
    • Examples of serifed fonts are: Times New Roman, Georgia, and Baskerville Old Face
    • Examples of non-serifed fonts are Arial, Comic Sans MS, and Tahoma
  5. Margins for the archival copy: 1 inch margins all the way around.
  6. Paper should be printed double-sided.
  7. Corrections. Do not use correction fluids on the final copy. If correction fluid is necessary, make the correction and then photocopy the page on the same paper as the rest of the thesis. Discard the page with the correction fluid.
  8. Paper for the archival copy: 70 lb. white cougar paper, available from David Reep in Printing, Mailing, Duplicating (x 6240). Optionally, Staples carries a paper that fits this requirement: “Bright White” (#733333). (Due to paper variance, this 70 lb is comparable to 28 lb in other brands.)
  9. Non-print or mixed formats: see Beth Harris, in Library (room 303, x6237) for more information.
  10. Submitting your thesis.
    • Honors theses. Turn in two copies: one advisor copy, one loose-leaf archival copy. The archival copy should be printed double-sided.
    • Non-honors theses on local history or culture topics. Turn in two copies in an envelope or folder: one advisor copy, one archival copy.
    • All other non-honors theses. Submit one copy to advisor.