Writing a long, formal document such as a dissertation requires more care and greater preparation than writing short ones such as essays. As dissertation documents are used for assessment, there are often strict formatting requirements and layout instructions.
It is well worth investing time and effort to pre-format and structure your document before starting to write its contents as this will mean that the formatting requirements can be met and you are likely to avoid last minute format changes when you should be concentrating on finalising your content. Good initial design will lead to straightforward and trouble free generation of table of contents and an index. Those reading (and marking!) your dissertation want to focus on your ideas and not be distracted by formatting inconsistencies!
Information Services has prepared a brief guide to help you set up your dissertation document, making it easy for you to apply the formatting requirements and enabling you to produce a professional looking submission: Guide to Successfully Writing Long Documents (including Dissertations and Theses) Using Microsoft Word 2010. The guide also contains a number of hints and tips; for example inserting, positioning and referencing photographs, illustrations and tables, generating a table of contents and an index.
Example Use of Long Documents is an example of how a dissertation document would be structured if you follow these guidelines and also contains some examples of the use of some of the hints and tips described in the Topics section.
If you have used RefWorks to store references you may wish to use the Write-n-Cite feature of RefWorks when writing up your dissertation. See our Refworks help pages for more info.