Supported File Formats

Due to the proprietary nature of many file types, it is important to create and store your electronic records in formats that will help maintain their integrity.  The following are formats that LITS currently supports. Please refer to these guidelines when you save and upload files to the Student Theses Collection.

If you have any questions about file formats or need help determining the best format for your thesis or project, please contact DAPS.

MIME Type Description File Extension
Text PDF (Portable Document Format) .pdf, pdf/a
Audio AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format

WAV (Waveform Audio Format)

.aiff, .aif, .aifc


Image JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group)

TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)

.jpeg, .jpg

tiff, .tif

Video  MPEG (Moving Pictures Expert Group) mpeg, .mpg, .mpe

File size guidelines for thesis submission

Generally, small to medium sized files are best for access/playback and downloading. 


  • Save as TIFFs or JPEGs and keep the size to about 1MB or around 1200 pixels on the longest side. 


  • Create a version that is about 50-60MB. Higher resolution files will be accepted, but you may wish to break a longer video into sections for easier uploading and access.