Be prepared with the necessary tools and knowledge to plan your ETD before you begin to write and save hours of hassle. In this section, you will find resources to help you learn to use the ETD templates, map out what you should know about tables and figures, simplify your bibliography by using reference managers, and find the resources and help you need as you begin the writing process. Click the title of any post below to read the full post. Have questions? Check our FAQs or Ask an ETD Specialist.
Before You Write
In order to graduate, the University requires you to submit a copy of your thesis or dissertation that conforms to the ETD Format Guidelines. To help you meet these requirements, we provide templates for use with either Microsoft Word or LaTeX. These templates offer many shortcuts and automatic features that allow you to quickly format your paper according to Pitt's guidelines. The templates are not self-explanatory, however, so understanding how they work before using them is necessary. The following instructions will get you started.
Sharing the data that underpin your ETD can be beneficial to both you and to others. It promotes new research discoveries, supports replication of your work, and can increase your citation rates. D-Scholarship@Pitt can provide long-term storage for your data and tracks how others are using your work through metrics that you can then reference to demonstrate impact.
Make your reference list and in-line citations easy with citation management tools. These tools allow you to build a personalized collection of references, and from there automatically format and insert citations and bibliographies into your document. We offer guides and workshops on two citation managers, and you can contact us for support with others.
The University of Pittsburgh Writing Center offers a number of helpful resources for graduate students working on the writing of their thesis or dissertation.