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How to proof read your dissertation?

Proof-reading is the most important step in the post-writing phase of any paper- academic essays, article, journal and most importantly a dissertation. The actual writing process can be tiring- causing you to make many mistakes is grammar/ language, errors in statistics and figures. It is the final step of a dissertation before the dissertation is submitted or printed.

Proof-reading simply means making your paper free of all errors or mistakes. If your dissertation is able to deliver the intended message through its aim but lacks the perfection, your efforts go down the drain. Supervisors are looking for not only a good topic and analysis, but also immaculate language and precise words for expression.

In order to make your dissertation absolutely error-free and perfect, you need to follow a pre-defined process for proof-reading. Keep sufficient time in hand. Proof reading a dissertation of about 100 pages requires at least 4 days.

  1. Run a plagiarism check on the document. Before you start correcting the document, check it for plagiarism. Remove or replace the plagiarized material before proceeding further. Maintain the word count after removing plagiarism.
  2. Read your dissertation. Give yourself a 2-day break to refresh your mind before you read the whole dissertation again. Reading a 100-page document requires a lot of attention. This will help you highlight the unwanted or irrelevant portion. Highlight this portion in a different color.
  3. Re-check the tables and figures: Small mistakes are always left out in a dissertation. It is possible that your secondary data is too old or cannot be trusted. Such representations can be questioned by your supervisor for relevance/ authenticity.
  4. Re-check the statistical portions. Data Analysis is a complex part of a dissertation.
  5. Seek a friend’s opinion on your dissertation. A new, fresh mind works wonders. Only ask a trusted person to read it.
  6. Check for grammatical and spelling errors. Read every sentence in the dissertation for possible grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and language gaps.
  7. Number the tables, graphs and figures. Numbering all figures and graphs sequentially is often tiring. You may take upto 2 hours for this part.
  8. Double-check numbers and names: Headers, sub-headings and titles need to be numbered sequentially too.
  9. Double-check font: Check your university guidelines for instructions on font style, font size and font color of Headings, sub-headings and sub-titles.
  10. Preparing the Table of Contents: As far as possible, use the auto-correct option on MS Word 2010 for updating table contents and page numbers automatically.
  11. Prepare the abstract, acknowledgments and Appendix pages.  These are usually left for the last.

It is always better to seek external help from professional proof-reading services providing companies for this job. Professional touches may help you gain the bonus point!

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