Abertay Library Services have developed this style guide to support both experienced writers and those of us who feel are just beginning our University journey and are less experienced in writing for academic purposes. One of the ways the guide will help will be to create a clear and consistent formatting technique to be used by students writing coursework or final year dissertations. This is only a guide and may differ slightly with each school. Please check your module handbook for differences.

The tips within the guide will make your documents more inclusive, giving a professional feel to communications. We hope the guide becomes a reference point for all writers, building your skills and increasing your confidence in order to build on our professional reputation. Just for completeness, we have included a section on common mistakes in spelling and punctuation. We hope you find it useful, but if you can think of any ways to make it even better – please let us know..

Abertay Style Guide

Coursework Submission Guidance

  • 20MB is the maximum file limit when submitting to MyLearningSpace (Turnitin). Save file as a .pdf to compress the size of your document if too large. 
  • Consider saving coursework as .pdf files instead of MS Word documents. The advantage of submitting files in .pdf format is that this type of file is smaller and retains the original formatting. (Problems can occur with document formatting when staff and students use different versions of MS Word). Pdf files should be Optical Character Recognition (OCR) readable, otherwise Turnitin will reject them because text cannot be detected in the file. Accepting the default when saving in .pdf format from a MS Word document creates the correct format. 
  • Documents can be scanned using university printers into .pdf files, but the OCR readable option must be selected. (Guide available from SEZ) 

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Formatting Data