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Dissertations & Theses: Using Your Published Articles

Three-Article Dissertation or Thesis

It has become quite common for students to write a three article dissertation or thesis, also known as the journal article format. As opposed to the traditional format - divided into introduction, literature review, methods, results and discussion - the 3-article format allows the student to write three (or more) published full-length articles during their research process. The articles are then used as the basis for their thesis/dissertation which is made cohesive with an introduction, connecting material and final conclusions. 

This guide focuses on the Dykes Library resources for obtaining copyright permission and citation guidelines for using your previously published articles in your dissertation or thesis.  We recommend you schedule an appointment with a Research & Learning Librarian for this process.  

Electronic Resources

The KUMC Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) page provides invaluable information for writing your thesis or dissertation. Along with the formatting link above there are links to downloadable writing templates for both a thesis and a dissertation and a visual support guide for both formats. The visual support guide provides an example of what your finished document should look like including helpful formatting tips.

Personnel and Services Contacts



Contact Name

Contact Email

Previously published works and journal permission process

Research & Learning Librarians


Copyright and style guide questions

Research & Learning Librarians


Citation manager program (EndNote)

Research & Learning Librarians


Document mechanics (table of contents, lists of figures, etc.) and template questions

Paul Thomas (KU Lawrence)


Adherence to KUMC formatting guidelines, dissertation submission process

Office of Graduate Studies

Marcia Jones


Writing skills

KUMC Writing Center

Andres Rodriguez