Style Guides and Computer Tools

Style Guides

Choose a thesis style guide approved by your supervisor or graduate program.

The style guide determines the format for the following:

  1. Headings and subheadings
  2. The referencing system throughout the thesis/project
  3. The list of references at the end of your work (bibliography, works cited, etc.)
  4. The formatting and labeling of all tables
  5. 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.

Computer Tools

You may choose any computer program you like to write your thesis. Graduate Studies does not recommend, approve, or endorse any particular computer program.

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.

IMPORTANT: USING MICROSOFT WORD

The Koerner Library Research Commons is no longer able to provide formatting assistance. The Microsoft Word template they created is available below for use, but students are responsible for understanding how to use it and for troubleshooting if necessary. 

Microsoft Word thesis/dissertation template:  rc_thesis_template_rev9_may2021.docx

LaTeX

Note: the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers these links for information only. Requirements have changed since they were developed, and using one of the classes does not guarantee a successful submission. We are not able to offer technical assistance. Provision of this information does not constitute a recommendation to use LaTeX for your thesis.

Two former UBC graduate students have each developed a LaTeX class for UBC theses. To the best of our knowledge, both classes will assist in producing a correctly-formatted UBC thesis. However, be aware that there may be missing elements. You are responsible for ensuring that you modify the template appropriately.

Note: 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.

Link to the LaTeX class developed by Michael McNeil Forbes:

https://alum.mit.edu/www/mforbes/projects/ubcthesis/

Link to the LaTeX class developed by Brian de Alwis:

https://github.com/briandealwis/ubcdiss

Many thanks to Michael McNeil Forbes and Brian de Alwis for creation and ongoing development of these classes.

LyX

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:

https://cpbl.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/ubc-thesis-under-lyx-manuscript-based-thesis-under-latex/

Note: the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers this link for information only. Requirements have changed since the template was developed, and using it 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.

R-Markdown

This repository was developed by another former UBC graduate student. It is intended for people who already use the statistical software R and R-markdown, and includes some basic instructions. There is also a detailed operational instructions section (see the ReadMe section at the bottom of the the link provided) and an example template.

Link to the R-Markdown template developed by Juliano Palacios Abrantes:

https://github.com/jepa/ubcdown

Link to the example template:

https://github.com/jepa/ubcdown/blob/main/dissertation_template.pdf

Note: the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers these links for information only. Requirements may have changed since the template was developed, and using it does not guarantee a successful submission. We are not able to offer technical assistance.

Many thanks to Juliano Palacios Abrantes for creation and ongoing development of the R-Markdown template.