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CURRENT VERSIONS: Current version of thesis.tex is 2021-02-05. Current version of PurdueThesis.cls is 2021-02-05. See Get the software for all current file versions.
Puthesis is deprecated. The Purdue Graduate School no longer accepts theses using it. Use this PurdueThesis LaTeX document class from now on. PurdueThesis is abbreviated “PuTh” and pronounced “pooth” (rhymes with “tooth”). Purdue's puthesis software was renamed to PurdueThesis during a major upgrade so it would not be confused with Princeton University's puthesis software.
PurdueThesis can be used for
For historical reasons, to use the same nomenclature as other Purdue departments, and be able to lump instructions describing master's bypass reports, master's theses, PhD dissertations, and PhD preliminary reports together the word “thesis” will be used to refer to any of these. The term “bypass report” will be used to refer to things that are master's bypass report specific, “dissertation” to refer to things that are dissertation specific, and “prelim report” to refer to things that are PhD preliminary report specific.
The Purdue's Thesis and Dissertation Office recommends it.
Thousands of people have graduated using it. You won't need to “reinvent the wheel.”
All formatting details are done automatically, you can concentrate on the content of your thesis instead of worrying about margins, typefaces, etc.
It is especially convenient for typesetting mathematics.
Many people think it produces more attractive output than other systems.
Some (especially engineering, mathematics, and science) journals use LaTeX. You may be able to cut large chunks out of your thesis, change a few lines at the top of the resulting file, and send that to a journal.
Using LaTeX and BibTeX is very common in the scientific community. Sooner or later you may need to learn it anyway.
Puthesis has played an instrumental part in decreasing the number
of revisions that are asked of depositors.
of puthesis users pass formatting without any revision requests,
which reduces student stress at deposit time.
Our staff highly recommends puthesis as a prelim
and final thesis tool as it allows students to focus more on the content of their thesis
and less on the formatting.
—Ashlee Mesersmith, MS, Manager, Thesis/Dissertation Office
Many candidates have made favorable comments about puthesis when depositing their theses.
We strongly recommend candidates consider learning puthesis prior
to the writing process.
Using puthesis cuts formatting discrepancies to almost zero,
drastically reduces the possibility of revision requests,
and helps ensure stress-free deposits!
—Mark D. Jaeger, former Manager, Thesis/Dissertation Office
The puthesis class file for LaTeX has helped hundreds
of ECE graduate students meet the requirements
for format approval.
Using it allows them to focus on the content
of their thesis without concern for the myriad of formatting details
that it automatically handles.
The Graduate School's Thesis/Dissertation Office also recommends the use
—Andy Hughes, former ECE Thesis Format Advisor
Complete list of testimonials.
You'll need access to LaTeX. Purdue's Thesis and Dissertation Office recommends using Overleaf if you use LaTeX. To get started go to the PurdueThesis documentclass template and click “Open as Template”. Please take note that Overleaf SHOULD NOT be used for writing, editing, or publishing documents or research papers that contain data subject to EAR, ITAR, DFARS Clause 252.204-7012, and other controlled data designators due to the increased security required for these types of data.
If you don't want to run LaTeX over the web using Overleaf, LaTeX may already be installed on your computer.
file contains all the files for the PurdueThesis template. All the files are listed below.
These are the individual files in the template:
|template/thesis.tex||2021-02-05||PurdueThesis template file|
|template/PurdueThesis.cls||2021-02-05||beta Purdue University thesis document class|
|template/all-biblatex.bib||2021-01-11||example BibLaTeX data file|
|template/all-bibtex.bib||2021-01-11||example BibTeX data file|
|template/ametsoc2014.bst||2014-05-07||American Meteorology Society 2014 BibTeX format|
|template/ch-front.tex||2021-01-04||front matter chapter|
|template/ap-about-appendices.tex||2021-01-04||about the appendices appendix|
|template/ap-chapter-appendices.tex||2021-01-04||chapter appendices appendix|
|template/ap-chapter-references.tex||2021-01-04||chapter references appendix|
|template/ap-check-margins.tex||2021-01-04||check margins appendix|
|template/ap-common-mistakes.tex||2021-01-04||common mistakes appendix|
|template/ap-defining-commands.tex||2021-01-04||defining commands appendix|
|template/ap-electrical-engineering.tex||2021-01-04||electrical engineering appendix|
|template/ap-numbers-and-units.tex||2021-01-04||numbers and units appendix|
|template/graphics/gr-pu-seal.pdf||2021-01-04||Purdue University seal|
|template/graphics/gr-uh-seal.pdf||2021-01-04||University of Hawaii seal|
|template/packages/pa-ditto.sty||2021-01-04||ditto mark package|
|template/packages/pa-figure-dash.sty||2021-01-04||figure dash package|
|template/packages/pa-mismath.sty||2021-01-25||modified mismath.sty system file|
|template/packages/pa-typographic-conventions.sty||2021-01-04||typographic conventions package|
The following parameters are required.
Choose an institution name from the following list:
|University of Hawaii (don't include the ʻokina here, it will get printed automatically)|
Choose a campus from the following list:
|Manoa (don't include the macron character here, it will get printed automatically)|
Choose a program from the following list:
|Aeronautics and Astronautics|
|Agricultural and Biological Engineering|
|Art and Design|
|Aviation and Transportation Technology|
|Basic Medical Sciences|
|Botany and Plant Pathology|
|Chemistry and Chemical Biology|
|Child Development and Family Studies|
|Civil and Mechanical Engineering|
|Computer and Information Science|
|Computer and Information Technology|
|Computer Graphics Technology|
|Construction Management Technology|
|Curriculum and Instruction|
|Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Forensic and Investigative Sciences|
|Forestry and Natural Resources|
|Health and Kinesiology|
|History and Philosphy|
|Hospitality and Tourism Management|
|Human Development and Family Studies|
|Industrial and Physical Pharmacy|
|Interdisciplinary Biomedical Studies Program|
|Interdisciplinary Studies (Comparitive Literature)|
|Languages and Cultures|
|Mechanical and Energy Engineering|
|Mechnical and Civil Engineering|
|Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology|
|Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management|
|Philosophy and Literature|
|Physics and Astronomy|
|Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences|
|Technology Leadership and Innovation|
|Veterinary Clinical Sciences|
|Youth Development and Agricultural Education|
Choose a degree from the following list:
|Doctor of Audiology|
|Doctor of Nursing Practice|
|Doctor of Philosophy|
|Master of Arts|
|Master of Fine Arts|
|Master of Library Science|
|Master of Science|
|Master of Science in Agriculture|
|Master of Science in Aviation and Aerospace Management|
|Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics|
|Master of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering|
|Master of Science in Building Construction Management|
|Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering|
|Master of Science in Chemical Engineering|
|Master of Science in Civil Engineering|
|Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Master of Science in Engineering|
|Master of Science in Education|
|Master of Science in Human Resources Management|
|Master of Science in Industrial Engineering|
|Master of Science in Industrial Technology|
|Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering|
|Master of Science in Materials Engineering|
|Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering|
Choose a document from the following list:
|A Master's Bypass Report|
|A Preliminary Report|
Enter ``May'', ``August'', or ``December'', followed by a single space, and then the four digit year.
Enter the title of your thesis.
There aren't any optional parameters yet.
Continue changing the template by inserting your information.
Dissertation advice (both of these are short, please read them)
Dissertation Advice, Olin Shivers
How To Write A Dissertation, Douglas E. Comer
Running LaTeX on the web
Chicago Manual of Style (writing English mostly)
doi2bib, @doi2bib, Citations in BibTeX format from DOIs
Overleaf, @overleaf, Create, edit & publish your research - all from your browser. Our real-time collaborative LaTeX editor automatically produces & displays your typeset document.
TeX Stack Exchange, @StackTeX, a Q&A site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems
TeX and Typography, @TeXtip, Tweets on TeX, LaTeX, and typography.
Insure you are signed up for the PurdueThesis mailing list and then follow the instructions in How to Get LaTeX Help. Overleaf does not support this software—do not contact them.
NOTES TO SELF: LaTeX books, LaTeX web pages.
The history section is under construction.