12 tips for proofreading your dissertation
1 Give yourself enough time
2 Overall structure
5 Spelling, punctuation and grammar
6 Acronyms and abbreviations
8 Referencing system
- The author-date system (for example, the Harvard system) uses in-text citations like this (Cowle, 2016) in conjunction with a full reference list, where titles are ordered alphabetically.
- The short-title system uses a note marker in the text and puts the full reference in the equivalent footnote or endnote. When the title is used again, a new note number is inserted in the text, but a much shorter version of the title is listed. This system is often used in the humanities.
- Numbering systems, such as Vancouver and author-number referencing, are frequently used in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM).
9 Make several passes
- Cross check headings, sub-headings and page numbers against the table of contents
- Check figures and tables are in the right order and numbered and captioned correctly
- Check in-text citations match your reference list
- Are you references styled according to your institution's requirements?
- Have you defined all your acronyms and abbreviations where they first appear?
- Lastly, read through to check spelling, grammar and sense.
10 Get outside help
11 Know what your institution allows
12 University language centres
- English isn't your first language
- you have a learning difference such as dyslexia
- you are a native English speaker but find the transition to using academic English challenging.