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Style Guides and Computer Tools


Style Guides

Choose a style guide approved by your supervisor or graduate program, or follow the print style of a significant refereed journal publication in your field of study.

The style guide determines the format for the following:

    1. The referencing system throughout the thesis/project
    2. The list of references at the end of your work (bibliography, works cited, etc.)
    3. The formatting and labeling of all tables
    4. The format for the captions for all figures

If there is a conflict between the instructions in these guidelines and the style guide chosen, these guidelines must be followed.

You and your supervisor are responsible for ensuring that your thesis meets the formatting requirements.

Computer Tools

You may choose any computer program you like to write your thesis.

Recommended: use program features e.g styles, auto-generated table of contents, etc. to save time during writing and final formatting.

Important: It is your responsibility to learn how to use the computer program you choose. Graduate Studies is not able to offer technical assistance with computer programs.

There are many free resources on the Web, particularly for Microsoft Word.


The College of Graduate Studies has worked with UBC Okanagan Computer Science department to have a LaTeX format that meets the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies.

Link to the latest version of the LaTeX template developed by Dr. Yves Lucet:


or contact at our office.

Note: the College of Graduate Studies offers this information only and we are not able to offer technical assistance.


This template was developed by another former UBC Vancouver graduate student. It's different from the LaTeX packages because it is built for a forefront piece of software called LyX

LyX is an open-source, full-featured document processor that has all the advantages of LaTeX (structured approach, seamless citations, cross-referencing, indexing, etc) and is built closely on top of LaTeX but offers an easy to use, graphical interface.You don't need to know as much LaTeX code in order to use it.

Link to the LyX template developed by Christopher P. Barrington-Leigh:

Note: the College of Graduate Studies offers this link for information only, and using the LyX template does not guarantee a successful submission. We are not able to offer technical assistance.

Many thanks to Christopher P. Barrington-Leigh for creation and ongoing development of the LyX template.

Last reviewed shim4/13/2017 2:37:13 PM