Page Numbering

The thesis/dissertation is comprised of several different sections which require a distinct numbering format.

All page numbers should be:

  • Located on the bottom of each page that requires them
  • Located between .5” and .75” inches from the bottom of the page
  • The same font and size as the main body of text

Pagination for Front Matter, Table of Contents & Lists, and the Main Body should be formatted as follows:

No Page Number

  • Title Page
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments

Lowercase Roman Numerals (i, ii, iii, iv, etc.)

  • Table of Contents
  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Abstract

Arabic Numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.)

  • Main Body
  • References
  • Appendices

No Page Number

  • About the Author (if used, list as "End Page" in the Table of Contents)

How do you format different pagination for different sections?

There are two options:

Section Breaks
You can insert section breaks in the document where the change in style happens, and then format the page numbers of each section. Check to ensure the sections are not linked so that the changes in page numbers are limited to a given section.

Separate Documents
Create 3-4 separate Word documents - one for each style of page numbering. You will then save each as a PDF and combine the PDFs using Adobe Acrobat.