Download a Template for Proposals & Dissertations

The TSU dissertation template uses four heading levels, while the GSEP (Pepperdine) template uses three, as mandated by that school. These templates reflect the formatting requirements of these schools, including unconventional page numbering and margins for the TSU template. The generic template is based on fairly standard requirements, which are likely similar to your school's formatting guidelines. Formatting glitches may occur with transfer to your software, which may differ from the version of Microsoft Word that these were created on. Still, the formatting elements that do transfer could give you a head start, saving you hours of busywork. The table of contents is set to auto-update, and you can use the paintbrush tool to transfer the same format to new headings.

TSU dissertation template APA6th (docx)


GSEP dissertation template APA6th (pdf)


FPU dissertation template APA7th (pdf)


Downloadable APA Rules Checklist

The downloadable APA Edit Checklist has a clickable table of contents to help you quickly find the most-used rules. 

APA_Edit_Checklist_6th (pdf)


Do-it-Yourself Editing Tips

  • One way of spotting errors that are easy to overlook is to read your document aloud to yourself or have someone else read your document aloud to you.
  • It may be helpful to have one or more friends or colleagues proofread your work.
  • Some students exchange documents and provide each other with valuable feedback, especially for seeing through the eyes of a reader unfamiliar with your topic, if that’s your intended audience.
  • Re-reading your document after a week or more has passed can give you a fresh perspective.
  • It may be helpful to review an APA checklist as a way to review compliance with basic APA guidelines without having to absorb the entire APA manual. 

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For additional video tutorials for APA editing, see my Youtube channel. 

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