A Brief Introduction To Dissertation Editing And Proofreading

If you have a Ph.D. dissertation that you have written, the first thing you must do before you turn it in is proofread and edit it. It is crucial that your report is turned in with little to no mistakes. When it is finally turned in, your professor will be going over it with a fine-tooth comb, so it is best to make sure it is error-free. Here are some tips on how to proofread and edit your work.

Proofreading Tips


  1. Make sure you allow yourself several days to proofread and edit your work. Much of the proofreading and editing can be done through your word processing program such as Microsoft Word. Proofreading includes the following:
    • Grammar
    • Punctuation
    • Style
    • Spelling
  2. Go over the style of your report. Make sure it is written with proper English language in mind. Try to avoid dialects that will confuse readers. Divide your paper into small paragraphs so that it appears to be organized.
  3. Make sure that your paper is properly formatted. Go over your cover page to make sure you have properly formatted it and that there are no errors. Make sure that you have the correct citations and the diagrams, tables, and illustrations are all properly inserted.
  4. Check for a contents page, appendix, introduction, literary review, and methodology. Check with your university for the specific requirements.
  5. Read your dissertation out loud to yourself and to a friend or family member. This is the best way to check for errors as well as edits that you may have to make.
  6. Even after you have proofread and made your edits, your professor is going to find errors that you didn’t catch. It is okay if this happens. Just make sure you do everything you can to prevent this from happening before turning it in.

Editing Tips

After the paper has been thoroughly proofread, it is time to make any edits before turning it in to your professor. Reading it aloud will help you to notice any redundancies and errors that should be eliminated from the work. You do not want to repeat yourself, so it is important to eliminate any repetitive language or diagrams and illustrations that are unnecessary. Always have a friend, peer, or family member read over your paper before turning it in. It is always a good idea to have a fresh set of eyes check for errors.

Hopefully, this brief introduction to editing and proofreading will help you. If you follow these steps, you will be well on your way to a near-perfect dissertation.

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