Cornell Dissertations Guidelines

General guidance on dissertations and theses is available from the Cornell University Graduate School. For more detailed guidance, see Guide on Writing Your Thesis/Dissertation.

Note that in the Bibliography (or References or Works Cited) section of the Required Sections, Guidelines, and Suggestions page, the following advice is offered:

"Required? Yes.

  • A bibliography, references, or works cited is required for your thesis or dissertation. Please conform to the standards of leading academic journals in your field.
  • As a page heading, use “BIBLIOGRAPHY” (or “REFERENCES” or “WORKS CITED”) in all capital letters, centered on the page. The bibliography should always begin on a new page.
    Bibliographies may be single-spaced within each entry but should include 24 points of space between entries."