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Dissertation Style Guides for Computer Science

All students are strongly encouraged to attend a Thesis/Dissertation Workshop sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies.

Graduate students at USU are answerable to two separate format/style guides.

  1. All USU graduate students must comply with the School of Graduate Studies' (SGS) Publication Guide. Because it governs many formatting aspects of a dissertation, all students -- but especially students who use Word -- are strongly encouraged to refer to this document as they write and format their dissertation.
  2. Individual departments have jurisdiction over stylistic elements not covered in the SGS Publication Guide. In Computer Science, the department requires its dissertations, theses, and reports to use the IEEE Transactions citation reference. The guide for IEEE citations can be found at

In cases where the USU Publication Guide is unclear on stylistic elements, students are encouraged to confer with the IEEE author toolkit found at

LaTeX Info:

To prepare your paper, students may use any appropriate document preparation software (e.g., Word, Pages, OpenOffice, LaTeX) so long as the Graduate School and Department Guidelines are met; however, the use of LaTeX and BibTeX is strongly encouraged. Students unfamiliar with LaTeX may wish to use as a helpful starting place.

Need more help getting started? Here you can get more information on how to use Electrical and Computer Engineering Department's LaTeX template for your paper.

Get help preparing your theses or dissertation with this template package from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. While the ECE department tries to keep this template updated for SGS format changes, you are ultimately responsible for submitting a thesis or dissertation that complies with all current guidelines.