APA For Novices Appendix : Preparing Preliminary Pages

Preparing Preliminary Pages

Preliminary pages include the title page, an optional copyright page, approval and acceptance pages, a 350-word-or-less abstract, and an optional acknowledgements page. Samples of these preliminary pages can be printed or downloaded from the Graduate Studies website or obtained in hard copy from the Graduate Studies office at B-356 ASB. The basic layout for these pages is described and illustrated in very simple form below.

Follow guidelines carefully. The Office of Graduate Studies, as well as your own thesis-reviewing dean or associate dean, will have a ruler in hand.

  • The preliminary pages of all theses and dissertations are to be single sided, whether the body of the text is double sided or not.
  • The following pages have no number printed on them but are counted in the page sequence: Title page, copyright page, graduate committee approval, final reading approval and acceptance, abstract, and acknowledgements.
  • Three of the preliminary pages are numbered with lowercase Roman numerals: table of contents, list of tables, list of figures.