It’s finally time to submit that final version of your dissertation as a pdf to Proquest/UMI Dissertation Services. Rejoice!
Even if you’ve written you’re dissertation in a single MS Word file (as I highly recommend), you’ll still need to create several separate pdf files of your dissertation and then recombine them into one single pdf document. I’ll explain why and how in this tutorial.
For access to all information about the template see the central Dissertation Template post.
Separate Files – What!
I’m afraid so. The TIU formatting and style guide requires that the first citation of a source at the beginning of a chapter include the full reference of that source in the footnote. No ibids! But if you have cited a source in a previous chapter Zotero is unable to detect a new chapter and will only cite using the shortened form.
It’s still worth it to complete your dissertation in a single file because you’ll be able to automagically create your table of contents and your bibliography. So the best way to get around this problem is to create separate files for chapters 2 through x (x is the number of chapters you have) and follow the instructions here for getting them back into a single pdf file.
What You Need
I’ve gone through the process of creating separate files for each chapter in another tutorial. You’ll need each of those files.
You’ll also need some software for manipulating pdf files. I recommend PDF ReDirect because it does the job and it’s free.
Once you have your files prepared and PDF ReDirect installed and ready to go, just follow the tutorial instructions to create a single pdf file of your completed dissertation.