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 In addition to the Guide, you will need to consult a style manual. Some academic units may follow a particular method of citation specific to a discipline; in those cases students should use the authoritative style manual for their field. Print style guides are available in the library and we have compiled some online style resources. If your school or college does not specify a style guide, you may use the most recent edition of A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, These, and Dissertations, by Kate L. Turabian. This is the official University style manual which is available at the University Library Reference Desk and in the Campus Bookstore.

Formatting Assistance

Students with questions about how to format in MS Word or the MS Word template should contact the ETD administrator for their school.


Problems with the AU Microsoft Word template can be reported to the library's ETD coordinator. LaTeX template bugs can be reported to Dr. Alan Issac (x3785).

Research Assistance

You can reach the University Library's Research, Teaching & Learning Division through the following routes.


Telephone: 202-885-3238

In-person: Reference Desk, First Floor, University Library


By Appointment:


Thesis/Dissertation Collection

The library permanently maintains a microfilm copy as part of the library's physical collection and an electronic copy in AUDRA (American University Digital Research Archive). A catalog record for each thesis/dissertation is added to Primo, the online catalog.

Primo, the online catalog, gives an accession number that corresponds to the microfilm copy that is stored on the lower level of the library. The microfilm copy is available for public viewing. For theses submitted through 2011, a bound copy is stored in University Archives or the WRLC Center for preservation and may be retrieved for onsite consultation. If you would like to see a bound copy, inquire at AU Archives. As of 2003, an electronic copy (a pdf file) of each thesis and dissertation is available as a free download in the Dissertations and Theses (American University-authored) database when that database is accessed on-campus or off-campus by current AU students, faculty or staff. 


College of Arts & Sciences
Lauren Tabbara, Graduate Academic Programs Manager, (202) 885-2441

School of Communication
Jean McGee, Director of Graduate Advising, (202) 885-2078

School of International Service
Savannah R. Diaz, SIS PhD Program Coordinator, (202) 885-6435

School of Public Affairs
Robert Briggs, Academic Counselor, (202) 885-6204

Washington College of Law
Bill Ryan, Law Librarian, (202) 274-4331