Style Guides and Computer Tools
Choose a style guide approved by your supervisor or graduate program, or follow the print style of a significant refereed journal publication in your field of study.
The style guide determines the format for the following:
- Headings and subheadings
- The referencing system throughout the thesis/project
- The list of references at the end of your work (bibliography, works cited, etc.)
- The formatting and labeling of all tables
- The format for the captions for all figures
If there is a conflict between the instructions in these guidelines and the style guide chosen, these guidelines must be followed.
You and your supervisor are responsible for ensuring that your thesis meets the formatting requirements.
You may choose any computer program you like to write your thesis.
Recommended: use program features e.g styles, auto-generated table of contents, etc. to save time during writing and final formatting.
Important: It is your responsibility to learn how to use the computer program you choose. Graduate Studies is not able to offer technical assistance with computer programs.
Help with formatting:
The Koerner Library Research Commons, located on floor 2 of Koerner Library, provides a Microsoft Word thesis template and guides plus technical support via appointment.
Two former UBC graduate students have each developed a LaTeX class for UBC theses. To the best of our knowledge, both classes will produce a correctly-formatted traditional UBC thesis. If you add "Parts" to your thesis, you will need to make sure that the listing in the table of contents has leader lines (dots). You do not need to use 1.5 or double line spacing if you are using these templates correctly.
Note: In July 2013 the Faculty of Graduate Studies changed its name to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This may not have been changed on the title pages in the templates.
Link to the LaTeX class developed by Michael McNeil Forbes:
Link to the LaTeX class developed by Brian de Alwis:
Note: the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers these links for information only, and using one of the classes does not guarantee a successful submission. We are not able to offer technical assistance.
Many thanks to Michael McNeil Forbes and Brian de Alwis for creation and ongoing development of these classes.
This template was developed by another former UBC graduate student. It's different from the LaTeX packages because it is built for a forefront piece of software called LyX.
LyX is an open-source, full-featured document processor that has all the advantages of LaTeX (structured approach, seamless citations, cross-referencing, indexing, etc) and is built closely on top of LaTeX but offers an easy to use, graphical interface.You don't need to know as much LaTeX code in order to use it.
Link to the LyX template developed by Christopher P. Barrington-Leigh:
Note: the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers this link for information only, and using the LyX template does not guarantee a successful submission. We are not able to offer technical assistance.
Many thanks to Christopher P. Barrington-Leigh for creation and ongoing development of the LyX template.