You’ve worked hard on your research paper and you want to ensure that you gain the highest marks possible when you submit it. After all, this dissertation constitutes a significant proportion of your final mark towards your degree.
It is important that the arguments in your dissertation or thesis are succinct and easily understood by your marker, as this will help you to gain extra marks from your supervisor.
We’ve been working with university students for some time now and all of our proofreaders are highly experienced in their field of expertise, with some being college and university professors who regularly review undergraduate and postgraduate papers.
At Uniproof, we understand the importance of this final stage of your degree course, as it is your last opportunity to ensure you complete your degree with the highest grades and progress through the life that you choose to lead in your career.
It takes significant effort to reach this stage. Hence, when you submit your paper, you want to be confident that you have finally completed something great – don’t let a few avoidable mistakes lower your grade because the marker couldn’t understand what you meant.
Our proofreaders will check for:
- Spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors
- The layout of your paper to ensure appropriate formatting
- Ensure your bibliography and references conform to your chosen style
- Ensure consistency and coherence of your written paper
Uniproof’s dissertation proofreading service for students offers assistance to ensure your dissertation paper is free from errors and inconsistencies. That means your research paper is not going to have any spelling, grammar or punctuation errors.
When you’ve spend months studying the subject, creating a foundation for the research and generating hypotheses, you want to sit back and relax – let Uniproof take care of the last minute clean up and correct the mistakes you’ve missed.
You’ve had weeks of re-reading your literature review so that it reads right and your methodology chapter just needs a little bit of “gelling”. Those arguments and methods that you’ve put down on the screen in front of you could make better sense after an edit.
Here are the main areas that our dissertation proofreading service covers:
Just like other academic documents, you need to show that you’ve researched the topic and thus able to put across your arguments and points of view.
To do this effectively your grammar needs to be correct. Our proofreaders fix verbose language, inconsistent tense use, and use of the wrong articles or words that just don’t quite fit.
The latter is used quite a lot in academic dissertations as the writer (you) tends to use complex words that they saw in a journal article when tourcing information for a literature review – we’ve all been there.
In short, your writing is corrected for grammar to ensure it is flawless throughout.
If you’re writing in MS Word then you’ll probably use the spell checker – it’s a pretty hefty document and you can’t be expected to spot them all, can you?
But, you’re leaving all those mistakes wide open because the computer program doesn’t know what you wrote isn’t what you meant, so if the word is in its dictionary then it won’t flag it for your attention.
We’ll look through with a keen eye and correct all of the misspellings that spell checkers miss. We’ll also look for common mistakes in word usage, such as their/there, those/these, to/too, and affect/effect that many students get wrong when writing a large paper.
Students tend to find punctuation a whole lot harder than anything else. Does the full stop (period American English writers studying in the UK) go inside or outside of the quotation marks? Or, do the footnotes go inside or on the outside of a sentence? And, when do I use a semi colon instead of a comma?
These are all things that our proofreaders will check and change (if necessary). You’ll have the right hyphens, en dashes, em dashes, and parentheses in the right places.
You’ve written your dissertation chapters at separate times – maybe even writing your literature review chapter over a number of weeks – so your writing and paragraphing might be a little off.
We’ve all taken the lazy route of copying the quotation (direct citation) from the online text instead of writing it out by hand, but copying across the styles from that document won’t help your own typographic issues. What are these? You’ve got poor spacing, inconsistent fonts, and strange formatting issues that all need fixing.
We’ll take care of all of that.
Most students who want their dissertation proofread come to us on advice from their professor, a friend or a family member. But, the main thing we point out is that most student work doesn’t require just a proofread, it needs a light editing too.
We include dissertation editing in our proofreading service for everyone. This ensures that your sentences and tone of argument are how you want the reader to see them. It needs to be pointed out, however, that we don’t infringe on plagiarism and this part of the service is light.
We merely proofread and edit your words to ensure the reader is consuming the information, arguments and conclusions that you want to make – but, you aren’t able to see these changes because you’ve read the content many times and have become blind to the inconsistencies.
You need to get your references and citations correct. Whether these be in-text references or citations, or the list of sources (commonly referred to, incorrectly for a dissertation, as a bibliography; it’s a references list) at the end of your paper.
You might be using one of the different versions of Harvard (we know there are a few), MHRA, IEEE, OSCOLA, Vancouver, APA, or MLA. There are quite a few and our proofreaders know the different styling requirements for each of them.
If you feel as though your university has a very specific one then send us a copy. We’ll take a look and implement the changes.
You’ve spent the last weeks and months on this damn thing, so don’t let these silly mistakes prevent you from getting the grade and degree classification you deserve!
If you want to ensure your dissertation or thesis research paper shines and clearly communicates your research findings then order our dissertation proofreading services now.