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Templates, Links, & Tools

This is a toolbox of resources you’ll find useful throughout the formatting and submission process. These linked files and pages are intended to serve as references or supplements to the material provided by the instructions on the Theses and Dissertations pages and (in greater detail) in Your Clemson University Thesis & Dissertation: Guidelines, Tips & Tools.

Essential Files

“Your Clemson University Thesis & Dissertation: Guidelines, Tips & Tools” PDF guidebook for the entire thesis/dissertation process. We strongly encourage you to download this manual and refer to it often as you complete your manuscript and prepare to graduate.
Final ETD checklist Condensed checklist version of the main steps of the formatting process.
ETD Quick Links Single-page PDF with active links to the most-used ETD references.
GS7M (master’s) & GS7D (doctoral) Form(s) on which your advisor and committee indicate that you have passed your final comprehensive exam and have successfully defended your thesis or dissertation (if a thesis or dissertation is required).
Survey of Earned Doctorates The NSF’s Survey of Earned Doctorates is a nationwide statistic-gathering tool (just for PhD candidates).
Tab/ellipses leader instructions PDF instructions for using tabs to make perfect indents and rows of leader dots in your table of contents and lists of figures/tables.
Ordering Bound Copies of Your Clemson ETD PDF how-to for placing an order for printed, bound copies of your ETD from ProQuest.

Templates & Sample Manuscripts

TITLE PAGE template ETD title page template in Word format (Mac/Windows).
FULL FORMATTING template ETD template in Word .docx format (Mac/Windows). On the title page, you will need to replace the instructions in [square brackets] with your own information, and delete the brackets.
Full sample manuscript PDF example of a complete ETD for your reference.
Front matter sample PDF example of title page, abstract, content pages. Matching title page layout and order of your front matter sections is important.
Body text sample PDF example of body chapter. Note that text elements such as headings and subheadings don’t have to match these exactly, as long as yours are consistent throughout your manuscript.
Back matter sample PDF example of appendices and references. Use an appendices divider page if you have more than one appendix. References can precede or follow appendices — that’s up to you and your advisor.
LaTeX formatting package ETD template in LaTeX format (code-based, open-source) customized for the Graduate School's formatting preferences, available in a compressed archive.

Tools & Other Resources

Campus map PDF shows the layout of main campus; the Manuscript Review Office is located in the Graduate School, E-106 Martin Hall.
Graduation deadlines Table of the relevant deadlines for those who plan to graduate at the end of the current academic semester.
FAQs Answers to commonly asked questions about the formatting and submission process.
ProQuest ETD portal Link to the web portal where you’ll create your secure personal account and upload your manuscript for both format review and publishing/archiving.
Theses and Dissertations Online Link to the TigerPrints ETD repository in the Clemson University Libraries, where your manuscript will be posted and archived a few weeks after your graduation.
ETD Editing Tips Hosted by, this “ultimate self-editing guide” for student authors was written by Brendan Brown, a professional editor with 15 years of academic editing experience. Covers every editing technique a Clemson student needs to edit and proofread your own thesis or dissertation.
Typist/Editor list Students inexperienced in formatting scholarly papers may find that a professional typist saves them time and anxiety. These typists are not employed by the University nor officially endorsed by the Graduate School. The list is maintained as a service to students. Typists’ fees vary and must be arranged directly with them. Their schedules get full near the end of each semester, so investigate this option as early as possible. Keep in mind that typists are not necessarily professional editors; you are still responsible for proofreading your manuscript and having it proofread by others, either professionals or volunteers.
University-licensed software As a graduate student with a Clemson XID#, username and password, you can get the latest Microsoft Office (including Word) and Adobe (including Acrobat) software through CCIT.

Tutorials & Training

Word: Centering text vertically Tutorial for both Mac and PC users that shows how to center text vertically for manuscript title pages in Microsoft Word.
Word: Rotating a page within a document Microsoft Help menu page that guides you through the process of rotating a page or pages from portrait to landscape orientation and maintaining your page numbering.
Ellipses “cheat sheet” PDF instructions for using tabs to make perfect indents and rows of leader dots in your table of contents and lists of figures/tables.
Libraries: Instruction, Workshops, & Tutorials The Clemson Libraries provide students with an array of help options for research and references. Start with this page.
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