Document Template

These template files are meant to help guide students in creating an ETD that meets the requirements for Texas A&M University as set forth in the Thesis Manual. They are a companion piece to be used in unison with the Thesis Manual. Using a template file does not negate responsibility to follow all Thesis Manual guidelines.

Most templates have been prepared in Microsoft Word® but are often usable in other word processing programs. Prior to using these template files, students should check with academic committee members or department personnel to verify if special requirements apply. Several Texas A&M University departments, especially within the College of Engineering, use LaTeX software to develop ETDs rather than using MS Word. Thesis and Dissertation Services accepts documents prepared in any of the three templates below.

Template Overview

Template Version Word Processing ETDs
Basic Template Comes in only one version; designed for PCs but usually functional in the Mac operating system. May be the right choice for students with limited word processing experience, especially in the Microsoft Office suite. May be appropriate for ETDs that have few text sections, headings, figures, tables, and equations.
Recommended Template Comes in two versions, one designed for PCs and one designed for Mac use. May be the right choice for students familiar with word processing software and/or proficient in the Microsoft Office suite. Might save time when working with ETDs that have numerous sections, headings, figures, tables, and equations.
LaTeX template May be recommended or required by some departments or programs. May be the best choice for students experienced in using LaTeX. Might provide needed capabilities for highly technical ETDs, including those with numerous equations.


Basic Template

The basic template contains placeholder text for the preliminary pages and page 1 of the main body. The file is formatted to use the standard Thesis Manual margin settings and page numbering for the preliminary pages and main body. The basic template is available in a single file that should be appropriate for both Mac and PC users.

The basic template does not contain defined word processing styles or automatically generated front matter lists. Thus, it may save time for students with limited word processing skills or for ETDs with very few sections, figures, tables, or equations. The front matter pages are entered as plain text with no internal links and are intended to be overwritten with individualized ETD information.

Click here to download the basic template file. (To use a file with styles and internal links, see the next section for description or download the recommended template file.)

Click here to download the instruction file for the basic template. The instruction file for the basic template explains its use and describes in detail the organization and front matter completion required in ETDs.


Recommended Template

The recommended template contains the same placeholder text for the preliminary pages and page 1 of the main body as contained in the basic template. The file is formatted to use standard the Thesis Manualmargin settings and page numbering for the preliminary pages and main body. The recommended template is available in two versions - for PC or Mac

In addition, the recommended template contains defined word processing styles and automatically generated front matter lists. For authors familiar with MS Word styles, this template will simplify text entry and front matter finalization by providing consistent formatting as well as an automatic Table of Contents, List of Tables, and List of Figures.

Click on the preferred version of the template file:

 If using the recommended template, please use the instructional files shown below. The instructional files for the recommended templates explain use of the PC or Mac file, as applicable, and describe in detail the organization and front matter completion required in ETDs.

 

Access to LaTeX Templates

Click here to download the Thesis and Dissertation Services LaTeX template. Personnel are available for basic support for LaTeX and the standard TAMU LaTeX template. Questions related to preparing a LaTeX document and additional basic support can be directed to ogaps-latex@tamu.edu.

Other LaTeX Resources

OGAPS provides a graduate assistant who is a dedicated resource for thesis and dissertation template/formatting questions and issues. Assistance is available for the WORD and LaTeX versions of the template.

Please contact our graduate assistant at ogaps-latex@tamu.edu for assistance or to set up a phone or in-person appointment.

Office hours are being held for appointments and walk-ins in the OGAPS Office Suite, 112 Jack K. Williams Admin Building. Current office hours are as follows:

Summer 2017 Semester (May 2017 - August 2017)

Tuesdays 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Thursdays 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

More information regarding the LaTeX document preparation system can be found here.

A LaTeX student user group exists to provide support for individuals writing documents, including ETDs, using LaTeX software as well. This group is entirely student led, and it hosts an ETD template on its website. View more information and download the template from the LaTeX student user group website found here.