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Thesis and Dissertation Office - List of Department Style Guides



The University Style and Format Guidelines for Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations ALWAYS take precedence over a departmental required style guide or journal citation method, if conflicts arise concerning format.

The following are the style manuals or journal citation methods on file with the Thesis and Dissertation Office as the required style for your department.  Some departments may not have submitted a particular style.  Contact your department's Graduate Advisor, or your Committee Chair, for information on which style guide you should follow.

You must specify, on your online "Manuscript" Information form, which style you used to prepare your text.  If you do not correctly identify this style you may incur numerous errors during your evaluation.  You may be required to supply our office with a URL or copy of the style guide, if our office does not already posses the guide.

Degree Awarding Department

Style Manual or Journal Citation Method

Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling APA
Anthropology Chicago; Turabian
Art Art Education:  APA

Art History:  Chicago; Turabian
Asian/Asian-American Studies MLA; Turabian
Biological Sciences Biological Literature Cited Style (Developmental Dynamics); CBE (now CSE)
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Notes Style Sheet; Turabian; Chicago
 Chemical Engineering  IEEE
Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry:  American Chemical Society (ACS); Turabian

Biochemistry:  Journal of Biological Chemistry; Turabian
Civil Engineering ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers); Turabian
Communication Studies APA; MLA
Computer Engineering and Computer Science IEEE Computer Society Style Guide; Turabian
Criminal Justice APA
Dance Turabian
Education, Teacher APA
Educational Leadership (master's level and doctoral level)  APA
Electrical Engineering IEEE; Turabian
Engineering, General IEEE; Turabian
English and Creative Writing MLA
Family and Consumer Science APA
Geography Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Chicago; Turabian
Geological Sciences GSA Bulletin; Turabian
Health Care Administration APA
Health Science APA
History Chicago; Turabian
Kinesiology APA
Linguistics APA; Chicago; MLA
Mathematics and Statistics Turabian
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
Nursing, School of APA
Philosophy Philosophy Dept. format guide; APA; MLA; Turabian
Physics and Astronomy Physical Review Style & Notation Guidelines; Turabian
Political Science Turabian
Psychology APA
Recreation and Leisure Studies APA
Religious Studies APA; MLA; Turabian
Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures MLA; Turabian
Science Education APA
Social Work, School of APA
 Sociology  APA; ASA
 Speech-Language Pathology  APA
Theatre Arts MLA; Turabian (MBA/MFA)

The Thesis and Dissertation Office will always evaluate style and format against the most recent edition of the style listed.  It is the responsibility of the student to locate a copy of the most recent edition.  Please verify the edition with the Thesis and Dissertation Office if you are unsure.

Most of the major guides can be found in a print form through the University Library.  The Journal or Publication styles may be found online.  Generally, a keyword search through a major search engine will be enough to pick up the link for the style guide.

Style Guides (Abbreviations with Definitions)



AAAG Annals of the Association of American Geographers Publication Style
ACS American Chemical Society Style Guide
APA American Psychological Association Publication Manual
 ASA American Sociological Association Style Guide 
ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers Journal Style
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers Journal Style
Biological Literature Cited Required Departmental Style sheet for references and In-Text Citations (Endnote style “Developmental Dynamics”).  Found in the Department’s Graduate Handbook PDF.  Students may need to use CBE/CSE or Turabian to help guide them in other text preparation areas.
CBE or CSE Formerly published by Council of Biology Editors.  Scientific Style and Format:  The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers is now published by the Council of Science Editors.
Chicago The Chicago Manual of Style
GSA  Bulletin Geological Society of America Bulletin Publication Style
IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Journal/Publication styles.  Follow the appropriate style for your field within this main category
IEEE Computer Society The Computer Society publishes this style guide online.  It offers a very comprehensive guide regarding all manner of text preparation concerns.
MLA Style Manual and Guide published by The Modern Language Association.  The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing addresses formatting for theses, dissertations, and published works.
Notes Style Sheet Notes Style Sheet:  A Work in Continuous Revision.  J. P. Cassaro (Ed.). Compiled from various style manuals, memoranda, and the editing decisions of the Notes Editorial Staff.
Physical Review Style and Notation Guidelines Published by the American Physical Society.  These are “instructions for correct notation and style in preparation for RevTex compuscripts and conventional manuscripts.”
Turabian A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian.  This is meant to illustrate and discuss for students the methods and their alternatives found within the Chicago Manual of Style.