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A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

[Name of Degree]

Montana Tech of The University of Montana [Year]

ii Abstract (Start your text here, delete the following) The abstract is required. It represents a high level summary of your work and should be easily understood by a general audience. The abstract should be no more than one page long. The default format for this section is called “Abstract” and is single-spaced with 12-point Times New Roman. Before you get started, click on the paragraph symbol (¶) on your tool bar. Notice the „Page Break‟ at the end of this text. Make sure to copy/paste or drag/drop your Abstract text right after the heading and just before the Page Break. Do this for every section of your thesis. Having the paragraph symbol (¶) on allows you to see extra spaces, where sections begin and end, and will help you to maneuver through this template more easily. Once you are used to how this template works, you can click off the paragraph symbol. Scroll up or down to maneuver through this template. If you use your space bar or „enter‟ key, you will lose the template formatting.

iii Dedication (Start your text here, delete the following) I wish to thank Mom and Dad for all their support and love. “Abstract” format here. Scroll up or down to maneuver through this template. If you use your space bar or „enter‟ key, you will lose the template formatting.

iv Acknowledgements (Start your text here, delete the following) It is appropriate to acknowledge financial support and faculty and students who assisted in your research. “Abstract” format here. Scroll up or down to maneuver through this template. If you use your space bar or „enter‟ key, you will lose the template formatting.

v To generate the Table of Contents, click Insert on Toolbar, then References, then Indexes and Tables. The pop-up box gives you options to choose from. Scroll up or down to maneuver through this template. If you use your space bar or „enter‟ key, you will lose the template formatting. [delete this text]

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Abstract ............................................................................................................................... ii Dedication .......................................................................................................................... iii Acknowledgements ............................................................................................................ iv List of Tables ..................................................................................................................... vi List of Figures ................................................................................................................... vii List of Plates ...................................................................................................................... ix Glossary of Terms (optional) ...............................................................................................x Your first level heading (Heading 1) ...................................................................................1 Your second level heading (Heading 2).........................................................................1 Third level heading (Heading 3) ..............................................................................1 References Cited (or Bibliography) .....................................................................................4

vi To generate a List of Tables, Figures, etc.: Insert, References, Tables and Indexes. Choose „Table of Figures,‟ then use the „Caption label‟ drop down box to choose the type of list you want [delete this text]. Scroll up or down to maneuver through this template. If you use your space bar or „enter‟ key, you will lose the template formatting. List of Tables Table 1: Table of Elements (example to be deleted) ...........................................................3

vii Scroll up or down to maneuver through this template. If you use your space bar or „enter‟ key, you will lose the template formatting. List of Figures Figure 1: Montana Tech Map ..............................................................................................2

viii List of Illustrations Scroll up or down to maneuver through this template. If you use your space bar or „enter‟ key, you will lose the template formatting.

ix List of Plates Scroll up or down to maneuver through this template. If you use your space bar or „enter‟ key, you will lose the template formatting.

x Glossary of Terms (optional) Scroll up or down to maneuver through this template. If you use your space bar or „enter‟ key, you will lose the template formatting.

1 Your first level heading (Heading 1) Here‟s the beginning of your text. From now on, you will use the “Normal” or the “body text” format for all your text. This format is the default for this section. To find the “normal” or “body text” format: go to View, Tool bars, Formatting. A drop down box will appear on your tool bar. Click on the appropriate format style. MS Word bases the TOC on „headings.‟ Make sure you use the heading levels appropriately. You can create more headings as follows: Go to format, Styles and Formatting. A box will appear to the right. Click on the heading you are interested in and a drop down box will appear. Modify as needed. Click „OK.‟ This template is set up to show heading levels 1-3. If you want more levels to show up, go into Index and Tables menu and increase the number of levels shown. Make sure you update any tables of contents as you make changes in your document. Note: keep hyphenated phases together on a line. Bad example: use the 12point font. Good example: When using hyphenated phrases, make sure to use the 12-point font (you might have to use a „soft return‟ (Shift Enter) to keep hyphenated phrases together. Scroll up or down to maneuver through this template. If you use your space bar or „enter‟ key, you will lose the template formatting. Your second level heading (Heading 2) Again, you go back to your body text.
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As always, return to body text (or Normal).
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Here we go again with body text (or Normal).

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This just gets better and better. Now we need to add a figure. Insert the figure so that it is at the left hand margin. Make sure you refer to the figure in the paragraph that precedes the figure. For example: Figure 1 shows a map of Montana Tech. Put the figure caption below the figure, illustration, image, etc. (at left hand margin also.) To add a figure caption: go to Insert, References, Caption. You fill in the figure name right after the figure number. (You use this same process for a table, except you change the label to „table.‟) Caption font should be 10 point Times New Roman.

Figure 1: Montana Tech Map (example to be deleted)

Now you need to insert a table. Remember, table captions go above the table and are left justified. Make sure to refer to the table in the paragraph preceding the table. For example: The Periodic Table of Elements can be found in Table 1. Table font is also 10 point Times New Roman. If your table is too big to fit on the page, it must go into an

3 Appendix at the back of your document. Placement of figures and tables is important. Make sure they are big enough for easy viewing but not so big that they go over the margins.
Table 1: Table of Elements (example to be deleted)

4 References Cited (or Bibliography) If your department only needs the references you cited, title this section: References Cited. Scroll up or down to maneuver through this template. If you use your space bar or „enter‟ key, you will lose the template formatting. If your department wants to see all your references (including the ones you read but did not cite), title this section: Bibliography. See Thesis Guidelines for bibliographic style. Most engineering departments use the American Psychological Association (APA) style. You can find an excellent online reference at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/. Most disciplines (except for Chemistry) allow you to use the APA style of references. In APA style, the first line hangs out over the next lines (see examples below). Use the „references‟ style of font. Chemistry majors should use the guidelines put forth in the ACS website: http://pubs.acs.org/books/references.shtml. It would be a good idea to meet with a reference librarian before you go to all the trouble of citing your references. APA style examples: Berndt, T. J. (2002). Friendship quality and social development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11, 7-10. Last, F. I. (1507). Friendship amongst the gentry. Historical Treatises from the Thirteenth Century, 4, 2-8.


				
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