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Thesis and Dissertation

Directions on Form, Preparation, and Submission of the Final Copies of Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations


Appendices serve as a space for materials that help clarify your research, but do not belong in the main text.  It is not required to include an Appendix. Include one or more if you need to.

Items that might be included:

  • Letters receiving permission to reproduce or adapt images, instruments for research, or other copyrighted materials.(See Copyright section of this website)

  • Copies of IRB’s.

  • Survey questionnaires that you have created.

  • Tables, figures, or instruments that do not belong in the main text.


Talk to your advisor if you have material that you are not certain about.  They should be able to provide guidance about what should be included in an Appendix. Also, consult your chosen style guide about and appropriate content and formatting considerations.


  • Contains a copy of the IRB (if one was required for research).
  • Contains copies of any copyright permissions if any were needed.
  • Tables and figures are labeled appropriately according to style guide.
  • If there are more than one Appendices they should be labeled A, B, C...

How it Should Look

Macro-Template Instructions

A pre-formatted Appendix page already exists in the university template.  Just click on the orange text, and start typing or insert tables or figures as needed.  

If you have more than one Appendix, label them alphabetically.  For instance, Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix C, etc.



If you decide that you do not want to include an Appendix, it is easy to delete:

  1. Click on the SHSU tab.

  2. Click on Navigation Pane.  The Nav Pane will open on the the left-hand side of the page.

  3. Right-click on the item you wish to delete from the Nav Pane.

  4. Select Delete. This should remove that page from your document.

  5. Click on Update All to update your Table of Contents.

Non-Template Instructions


  • Page numbers: 

    • Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), right side, top of page. 

  • Margins:  Left margin 1.5 inch.Top, Right, Bottom 1 inch.

  • Font: 

    • 12 pt.Double-spaced throughout.

    • Use same font style throughout document.



Type APPENDIX in ALL CAPS, bold, centered on first line beneath top margin.  (Use CHPT_Title)

If you have more than one Appendix, label them alphabetically.  For instance, Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix C, etc.



  1. Use RegText to type the body of your text, indenting each paragraph appropriately.

  2. When finished, click on the Insert tab, and click on Page Break to start a new section.


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