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This guide specifies the major requirements for the form and style of Honors Program Theses.

All theses of the Medical Center should conform to the rules formulated in the 7th Edition of the CSE Style Manual: A Guide for Authors, Editors and Publishers published in 2006.  This volume is available in the LSUHSC Library, in the Resource Center; bound copies of previous Honors Program theses are also on file.

The Honors Program candidate needs to submit an electronic copy of the manuscript to the Chairman of the Honors Program Committee, for committee approval, by January of the Commencement year at which the medical degree is to be conferred.  There are no exceptions.  The candidate is expected to submit the original and one copy of the final approved manuscript to the Chairman of the Honors Program Committee by April 1st of the Commencement year.



Louisiana State University cooperates with Proquest Information and Learning, Inc. in the publishing of Honors Program abstracts on microfilm, micro cards, or as microprint.   They provide the publication of a 350-word abstract in Dissertation Abstracts, one of the most useful bibliographical reference tools in existence today in practically all fields of knowledge.  All candidates are required to participate in this program. 

Candidates must carefully avoid violating copyright provisions in the preparation of their manuscripts.  The experience of University Microfilms has shown that some candidates, in writing their dissertations, have made extensive use of copyrighted material without obtaining the necessary permission.  Although this is permissible when the dissertation remains in manuscript form, it becomes a violation of copyright when the manuscript is published.

Accordingly, University Proquest Information and Learning, Inc joins the Medical School in emphasing the following points to candidates.

(1)        When any copyrighted material is used extensively, that is, more than 150 words in direct quotation, permission should be obtained from the copyright owner if the material is copyrighted. 

(2)        Notice of copyright by law appears on the back side of the title page, and from this the copyright can be determined.

(3)        The usual procedure is to write to the owner and obtain a written reply authorizing the use of the material.  Ordinarily, there should be no difficulty in this connection, providing proper acknowledgment is made.

(4)        However, if in certain instances, the owner requires payment, then a decision must be made as to whether or not the material will be used.



Access to a word processor is important in the preparation of any manuscript.  It is recommended that the student use a word processor which will facilitate corrections in the text.  The candidate is responsible for the correct presentation of the content, reference and illustrative materials of the manuscript, arrangements of parts, sentence structure, paragraphing, punctuation, spelling, quotations, forms of footnotes and bibliographical items and of tables and other illustrative materials.

1.         Paper

A white cotton bond paper of not less than 20lb. weight is required for the final version of the original and copy (NOTE: the paper Kinko's sells as "bond" is not acceptable.  Ask for resume' quality).  The paper must be 8 2 x 11 inches in size and unruled. Graphics are to be placed on 20 lb. bond paper and have letter quality equivalent to that in the printed text.

2.         Printing

(a)        The thesis shall be printed on one side of the paper only.  The use of a dot matrix printer is unacceptable.

(b)       The left-hand margin of all pages including text, tables, plates, figures, photographs, etc. must be at least 1 2 inches to allow for binding.  A margin of at least one inch must be left on the right side and at the top and bottom of the paper to allow for trimming when the thesis is bound.

(c)        Inked-in corrections of errors in spelling, punctuation, etc., are not permitted.  Double spacing should be used, but for long quotations of more than fifty words, the writing should be indented three-quarters of an inch from the left hand margin and single spaced.  Footnotes are always single spaced.  Whenever possible the manuscript should have typed scientific notations

(d)       The preliminary pages (Acknowledgment, Table of Contents, Abstract) are to be numbered with small Roman numerals (I, ii, iii, etc.) centered at the bottom of the page two spaces below the marginal line.  The title page counts as page AI@, but the number does not appear, therefore, the numbering begins with Aii.@ For the rest of the manuscript beginning with the Introduction, Arabic numerals should be placed at the top-right hand corner about one half inch above the top margin.  No period or other marking may follow or precede these numerals.

(e)        No word of less than six letters may be divided in a formal manuscript.   Divisions of words at the end of a line should concur with Webster=s International Dictionary and should nor occur on more than two adjacent lines.

(f)        Each heading of the main divisions of the manuscripts (Table of Contents, Abstract, List of Tables, List of Figures) should begin on a new page, with the heading typed in capital letters throughout and centered one inch below the upper marginal line.

(g)        The manuscript should be carefully proofread and corrected by the candidate before submission to the Honors Program Committee.  The candidate is fully responsible for the manuscript, including any topographical errors.



  The Medical School of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center requires that the manuscript be organized in the following order:

Title Page
Table of Contents
Body of Manuscript
List of Tables
List of Figures

1.          Title Page

The following sample title page should be followed precisely for spacing and use of capital letters.   The month and year should be that of the Commencement at which the degree is conferred.

(12 spaces from top of page)


(12 spaces more)

A Thesis

(3 spaces more)

Submitted to the Medical Faculty of the Medical Center of
Louisiana State University and
Agricultural and Mechanical College
in partial fulfillment of the
requirements for the
Honors Program

(19 spaces more)

James William Jones
B.S., Atlantis University, 1990
May 1996

2.          Acknowledgment

The acknowledgment should appear immediately following the title page It should simply state to whom the writer is indebted for guidance and assistance and should rarely be longer than one paragraph.

3.          Table of Contents

            The table of contents should provide the reader with an analytical view of the materials covered by the study,
            together with the order of discussion.

The main headings of the table of contents are the text headings and are numbered consecutively with capital Roman numerals.  The headings are capitalized throughout and have no terminal punctuation.  Sub-headings are indented two spaces from the initial letter of the first line of the main heading.  Only the initial letter of the first word and of other words normally capitalized in prose are capitalized.

The heading TABLE OF CONTENTS, typed in capitals throughout, should be centered two inches from the top of the page.  The entire body of typed material is left justified and should be centered upon the page; that is, the blank space above and below the typing should be approximately equal - always allowing, however, for at least two inches at the top of the page.

4.          Abstracts

The abstract should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES contain more than 350 words.


*The extra copy of the Abstract should have a heading containing the information that is shown below.

Jones, James W., B.S., Atlantis University, 1990

Doctor of Medicine, Spring (Summer or Fall) Commencement, 1994

The Functions of the Equalization Fund in Six Southern States

Thesis directed by Professor John T. Blank

Pages in thesis, 294.                             Words in Abstract, 300


This is the abstract that will be sent to University Microfilms.  They use the following method for counting words in an abstract.

Maximum 2,450 typewritten characters per abstract.  Count number of characters (including spaces and punctuation) in a line of average length and multiply by the number of lines.

In an average abstract, there will be about 70 characters per line with a maximum of 35 lines.

The Abstract to be bound with the thesis should have only the word ABSTRACT at the top of the page.

5.         Body of Manuscript

            This section of the manuscript should include an introduction which states the problem materials and methods,
            results, and discussion.  To indicate footnotes in the text, use superior figures, placed after the punctuation
            marks, without space:

...the niceties of style which were then invading Attic prose, and the variations of form.1

Footnotes are separated from the body of the text by a line drawn two spaces below the last line of the text and extending from the left-hand margin toward the center about two inches.   The first footnote line is two spaces below this line, indented eight spaces from the left-hand margin, and introduced by a superior figure corresponding to that in the text above.  Footnotes are single spaced but separated from each other be a double space.

6.          Bibliography

For examples of proper bibliographic citation refer to the CSE Style Manual: A Guide for Authors, Editors and Publishers

7.          List of Tables

The list of tables are on a separate page.  Each entry should list the number of the table, its exact heading, and the appropriate page number of the manuscript.  The tables are numbered consecutively with capitalized Roman numerals.  No terminal punctuation is used for the heading or after any title.   The initial letters of the important words of the title are capitalized.

8.         List of Figures

            If any illustrative or graphic material are used, an index of these should immediately follow the list of tables and
            appear in the same form, except for the fact that consecutive Arabic numerals are used for numbering figures.