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Importance of proofreading a dissertation

Dissertation is a compulsory component of the university education and usually ranges from 10,000 to 15,000 words in size and consumes the best part of a year’s time to complete it. Proofreading of dissertations is like chiseling a black stone to make it a shining diamond. Proofreading of a dissertation is the most vital step in determining the grade of a student.

Otherwise, even the most patient evaluator can get annoyed by the continual occurrence of mistakes in the dissertation. As the annoyance of a professor grows grades will obviously suffer.

Proof reading can be done from numerous perspectives. It can be for weeding out flaws in spelling, grammar and expression, or typos in improving the layout and formatting to create a stylish and professional piece. It will also help in strengthening the arguments by adding new, relevant references, and help in arranging the flow of arguments cogently, from paragraph to paragraph.

Proofreading for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar is the management of a piece of writing for spelling, punctuation and grammar. It involves the re-reading of the writing with an eye for any errors, glaring or otherwise. Sometimes there will be obvious mistakes in a dissertation, which are easily correctable. Others will be harder to spot, and require a more thorough examination of the dissertation, to ensure best results.

Proofreading for continuity is a bit taxing as it requires a longer concentration as it searches for errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar to give the best results from the dissertation.

Proofreading for continuity means keeping an eye on conformity to style, format and spelling of unusual words, or words from certain semantic fields. It does not look nice on a dissertation if something is set-out one way at the start, but differently at the end.

It is an accepted fact that a majority of dissertations do not conform to the required citation style. This calls for numerous rewritings incurring loss of time and long delays. Submit the Dissertation for proofreading will ensure the desired standards, critical knowledge, analytical proficiency and citation style. It also takes care of grammar, typographical misspellings, punctuation, errors, clarity, comma usage and splices, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, subject-verb disagreement and verb tense. Proofreading can also correct flow, transition, ambiguities in phrasing, levels of diction, organization of thoughts, appropriateness of audience, structure, theme, lexical register, rhythm, rhetorical consistency, and colloquialisms.

Proofreading can ensure that the dissertation consistently conforms to prescribed citation style be it APA, MLA, Chicago, CSE, Canadian Style, Bluebook, Harvard, International English, ASA, AMA, Australian, Vancouver or Oxford.

It is important to proofread the Dissertation section by section before the crucial final proofreading. The former will ensure seamless flow of information throughout the dissertation.

At another level, proofreading educates the author and also ensures equal opportunity in case the author is not a native speaker. The awareness from proofreading can be valuable in knowing where the writer’s written English has to improve. The feedback and suggestions flowing from proofreading can help the author in improving his English writing including vocabulary and grammar.

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