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Main Body (Section Formatting) *Required
Example: Main Body


This is the main body of your manuscript. You have more freedom with formatting here, but you need to be consistent and follow the requirements that are described below.

The Office of Graduate Studies does not specify a specific structure or organization for the main body. This includes the number of chapters, chapter organization, format of subheadings, and more. Some schools require specific style guides be used, and students should follow those guidelines, except where the Office of Graduate Studies specifies differently.

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