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Supplemental Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Materials

Files you must include

The documents listed below are not part of your research document, so they are considered to be supplemental materials. The naming convention is very specific. File names should be lowercase, exactly as seen below:

  • public.pdf
  • short.pdf

Folder for multimedia files

Multimedia files may also be included with your research paper on a CD. Only multimedia files separate from the required PDF files need to be listed on the File Declaration form. Multimedia files should be included as "media" with your submission. Only the following formats are acceptable for multimedia files:

  • Images: GIF (.gif), JPEG (.jpg), PDF (.pdf), TIFF (.tif)
  • Video: Apple Quicktime (.mov), Microsoft Audio Video Interleaved (.avi), MPEG (.mpg or .mpeg)
  • Audio: AIF (.aif), CD-DA, CD-ROM/XA, MIDI (.midi), MPEG-2, SND (.snd), WAV (.wav)

Public Abstract (public.pdf)

  • The public abstract must be submitted with the name “public.pdf.”
  • Use the public abstract generator located here to create the public abstract:
  • The intent of a public abstract is to inform the reader on a general, less technical level the significance, results, and implications of your research. Write this as you would a piece for a local newspaper.
  • The body needs to explain:
    • The justification and significance of the research problem;
    • The type of research done;
    • The results found;
    • The implications of the research for advancing basic academic scholarship, enhancing economic or technological development, developing appropriate social policy, or improving the overall quality of life in the community, state, nation or world.

Short Academic Abstract

  • The short academic abstract must be submitted with the name “short.pdf.”
  • It provides a brief overview of your research. It is meant for those in your field, so it can be as technical in nature as you wish.
  • Do not include a page number in the short.pdf file.
  • The title of your thesis/dissertation, your name, and your advisor’s name should be centered and double-spaced at least one inch from the top of the page. Under this, the title “ABSTRACT” should be typed.
  • The abstract should not exceed one page in length (approximately 150 words), with the main content double-spaced.

Download the short academic abstract example.