Why Your Dissertation Needs Proofreading
Writing a dissertation is no easy feat, and proofreading it all by yourself is an uphill task. It’s a small miracle that hundreds of new dissertations are submitted every year at universities across the globe. Naturally, both native English speakers and international students have gone through the drudgery of writing a dissertation they’re proud to put their names on.
You spend months working on your thesis, but it is just a lot of work for one person to do. That’s why many of us don’t have the time to—or just forget to—take care of the important finishing touches, like making sure our dissertations are consistent, well-formatted, and free of typos.
That’s where an academic editing and proofreading service can help you!
What proofreading your dissertation means
When a professional editor proofreads your dissertation, these are the aspects they take care of.
Formatting as per academic conventions
Most journals and publications in various fields of research have an established layout for dissertations, and all your professors will insist you write in a fixed format. However, MS Word can be diabolical, refusing to insert table headings or align bulleted points according to your format. Instead of wasting your precious time making these mechanical changes, you can let a proofreader take care of them.
Proofreading for typos
Writing an academic paper will require you to give up hanging out with friends and eating three meals a day, instead making you spend long hours sitting in front of a screen. During these arduous sessions and sleepless nights, you may end up making silly typos, many of which are ignored by your spell checker. Sometimes, a homophone might get the better of you, “effecting” the meaning of entire paragraphs. Even if you have a friend reading your dissertation, it is possible that they may miss such mistakes—but our eagle-eyed proofreaders love these joyous moments of correcting microscopic errors.
Grammar and language usage
A good dissertation should not only be grammatically correct but also use words well-suited to academic writing. Remember all those words that make published dissertations sound really intense? Using them is really recommended for your dissertation: They make your arguments sound great (or, you might say, intrinsically add to the believability and reliability of your research). However, it is difficult to transition to this kind of diction and style. So, let an editor go through your document and provide helpful suggestions and alternatives in kindly comment bubbles.
When you’re finally done writing your dissertation, you’ve probably read the whole thing enough number of times to know every word and line under every sub-section. There is still a chance, though, that you may have wandered off topic in some parts or accidentally changed the punctuation or spelling (like UK/US or Chicago/MLA variations) in a section you wrote at 3 a.m. on your tablet in the library. A good proofreader will help you exorcise all those ghastly errors that should not be unleashed into the world. They will also make your dissertation a piece of writing that is gloriously commendable.
Why stop with a perfect dissertation? Everything from your e-mails to your resume and even your social media captions could be bettered with a little bit of editing and proofreading. Before you ask “why would we need a proofreader?”—why not give PaperTrue’s sample check a try?
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