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These guidelines apply to a MALS Project (as opposed to a thesis)

Please use the University of Delaware Thesis Style Guidelines:

IMPORTANT: Use a UD Thesis Layout as soon as you begin to type the paper. This will format the paper for you so that you do not need to worry about margins, indents, chapter title fonts, etc., etc.  Once you take some simple steps to format Word, you can open a "base style file" and begin typing.  Instructions and links are at If you need help getting set up, contact either the IT Help Center at 302-831-6000 (you can make an appointment to get assistance) or the MALS program director at 302-831-6075.


-Title Page

-Approval Page with requisite signatures

-Epigraph or frontispiece (optional)

-Acknowledgements (optional)

-Dedication (optional)

-Table of Contents--include all tables, charts, illustrations

-Glossary (if needed)


-Introduction (optional)


-Endnotes (if needed)

-Appendix (optional)

-Bibliography or Works Cited



-Document Typed

                --One copy on 25% cotton bond paper with watermark visible to MALS Office. Please also provide us with the document as a pdf via email to

                --No whiteout (it deteriorates over time)

                --Please use a UD Thesis Layout base style file to create your document.



-Total expected length of at least 50 pages of text (excluding signature pages, abstract, bibliography, etc.)

- You can use MLA, APA or Chicago style citations and bibliography or works cited

-Abstract should be no more than 350 words

-Table, charts, and illustrations:

                --Listed in Table of Contents

                --Titled and numbered

                --Fit into same margin requirements as text

                --Carefully edited for spelling and typos

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