Format Training and Troubleshooting

As your document begins to take shape, it’s important to begin thinking about formatting requirements. The Graduate College requires students at a minimum to:

  • Follow discipline-specific style guidelines (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).
  • Format the front of the document and other general formats to meet TAD guidelines.
  • Student, advisor, and committee are responsible for the academic integrity, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and scholarly format of the document.

Formatting guidelines have been developed to provide a unified front of document that applies to all Ohio University documents.

Templates have been designed with a Styles toolbar modified to reflect requests by each college pertaining to suggested style manuals.

Campus wide, the most popular style guides are APA (5th or 6th edition), MLA and Chicago. TAD Services is happy to honor any style guide a student wishes to use provided the front matter, margins and page order laid out in the TAD Guidelines is in tact.

Above all, TAD Services exists to help you produce a professional research document that represents your abilities, your college and the university in a positive light. Because all Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) are available for a full text download and indexed by all major search engines, it is in your best interests to ensure your document is consistently formatted, free from errors and easy to read.

Training Manuals (PDF)

These training manuals are written for with Word 2007 for the PC and Word 2008 for Mac in mind. As TAD Services obtains and becomes familiar with newer versions we will add updated guides and retire older versions. Older manuals are still available, so if you have a version of word that only uses .doc files, email and we will email earlier versions to you.

Samples and checklists

Video training and troubleshooting

For in-person help with your document:

TAD Services offers group training workshops in Fall and Spring semesters. If you cannot attend a workshop, you may make an appointment. Appointments can be made by contacting Appointment times are generally 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., but other arrangements can be made. Walk-ins may be requested to make an appointment for a later date.