Dissertation and Thesis Guide

Last revised August 2015
Last web update August 2015

This guide was prepared by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Questions concerning these guidelines or any aspect of manuscript preparation for the thesis, dissertation, or report should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, FA3.104, 972-883-2234.

Tips to get the page numbers to appear on the bottom center of the pages on the first page of each chapter:


Turn on the paragraph marks in Word.


Then insert section break (next page) at the end of the text in each chapter and before Chapter 1. Each chapter should be a different section. You can see this by looking at the labels for the footer/header. To insert section breaks go to Page Layout then Breaks, then section break (next page).


On the first page of the first chapter, double click in the footer section. Then checkmark — "different first page". Click in the footer and insert a page number. It should start at 1.


Go to the second page of the chapter.  Click in the header and insert a page number in the top right corner.


This should set it up for the rest of your chapters.


For the Vita you can uncheck "link to previous" in the footer then delete the page number without deleting the other page numbers.