Finally, after all these hours spent writing your dissertation or thesis, it is almost completed. You just need a small amount of help to finalize the finished project – to polish up the text, make certain that all tables and figures are inserted appropriately, and that it is properly formatted to the intended citation style. That’s exactly where a dissertation editor comes in. Having a PhD and/or academic background, we realize what has to be done for that final copy, which your committee and examiners usually see.
Here are some strategies on how you can make sure that your thesis or dissertation is the finest that it can be. First of all, let’s begin with the basics – does your thesis conform to your school or university’s formatting policy? If you don’t know your school’s formatting policy, then check! If it is a consistent style, like APA, MLA, Chicago, and so on, then many of the internet websites (owl.english.purdue.edu, mla.org, and so on) can almost instantly establish the correct style and format for you. For instance, the Purdue website provides clear and concise instructions on the best way to format your paper according to the latest editions of the style guides. In the event that you have no guide, then just ensure that headings, references, page numbers, and so on, are consistent.
The subsequent tip is to spell check and grammar check – sounds apparent, but you’d be flabbergasted at how many people forget this simple step. Most people have cost-free online access to dictionaries, so use them when essential and when Word doesn’t know how to spell a word – this especially applies to medical terms.
If your paper or thesis contains figures or tables, then ensure that these are referenced explicitly within the text. Also, ensure that they have captions (these are normally above the table and beneath the figure) that clearly and concisely describe what’s in the figure; otherwise, your reader won’t appreciate the full significance of them.
Finally, go over your paper or dissertation using print preview. This will pick up any formatting or page layout troubles that you’ve missed. I use this all of the time to make sure that page breaks, section breaks, page numbers, headings, and so on, are in the correct place – it’s straightforward and productive.
Our dissertation and paper editors at FirstEditing.com will do all of this and a lot more for you, making your dissertation editing uncomplicated, handy, and stress-free.