Format The format of a thesis or dissertation encompasses the layout and typography of the document. For instance, questions of format would include how much line spacing to have single, space and a half, or double , where to place page numbers bottom centered, bottom right, or top right , and how to format chapter titles, main headings, and subheadings.
For these questions, there is no universal format in engineering and science. For that reason, each student should check the guidelines given at his or her institution.
To look at a sample set of guidelines, see the following example , which is for electronic theses and dissertations ETDs at Virginia Tech. With a thesis or dissertation, the format also encompasses the names of the sections that are expected: Given in the following link is a sample table of contents that shows where these sections typically occur in the document.
Style In a thesis or dissertation, the style is the way in which the author communicates the research. Most important for style is that the writing be both precise and clear. Clarity calls for avoiding needless complexity and ambiguities see Chapter 5 in The Craft of Scientific Writing. In the words of Albert Einstein, you should be "as simple as possible, but no simpler.
Also, many committees frown upon the use of contractions, such as don't or can't, that would be readily accepted in a less formal document such as an e-mail.
Another word that many committees frown upon, because of its informality, is the word you. While this word is appropriate for instructions and correspondence, it is seldom, if ever, appropriate in theses or dissertations note that the implied you is certainly acceptable in clauses such as see Figure 1.
In regard to the first person pronouns I or we , judicious use is widely accepted, especially to make the writing more active see Chapter 6 of The Craft of Scientific Writing or to assume responsibility for assumptions or actions. Be forewarned, though, that despite its acceptance by most committees and journals , an occasional committee remains opposed to use of the first person, even when that use is judicious.
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