4. Consistent formatting
In a document as long as a thesis, it’s easy to lose track of how you format each section. Try to use formatting features in Microsoft Word or your word processor of choice to easily compare each section’s margins, text size, and font. Your document will look organized, strengthening your argument.
Accidental plagiarism happens even to careful writers; you likely refer to dozens, if not hundreds, of scholarly works in your thesis, and read as many others that you don’t reference. Run your work through a free plagiarism checker like SER’s, and maintain all of your notes on different articles and books in an organized way so you can refer to them while writing and revising your thesis.
Edit Your Thesis Faster
You can (and should) check for all of these issues in your thesis. The problem is that the process is slow and tedious. And the more you review your document for unnecessary words, formatting, and unclear phrasing, the less you notice the errors that remain. Editing software helps you reevaluate sentences you might think are clear. With software, you can approach your document with fresh eyes. And you’ll edit faster.
Even if you already think you have a finished document, try WordRake. It will give you confidence your thesis is the best you can make it. Download a 7-day free trial now. Run it through your current draft – and anything else you write in the next week and you’ll see the difference.
Your thesis is important to your degree and, when done well, to future researchers and scholars. It’s difficult to create the best thesis possible without a lot of help. It’s even more trying with tight deadlines, busy advisers, and hard-to-track small details. Software can help you create the best document possible as you juggle everything else that comes with the end of college. Try WordRake for editing and SER to check your citations.
How you think is important; after all, your ideas prompted you to write a thesis. But how you convey those ideas to others matters even more. Make your words and ideas clear by using this five-step checklist and try WordRake today. Run it through your current draft – and anything else you write in the next seven days – to find any remaining unwieldy phrases and cluttered sentences. The best theses are the ones that get “write to the point.”
About the Author
Caroline Engle is WordRake’s Marketing Communications Specialist. She convinced WordRake to hire her as an intern after placing in editing competitions and writing a novel in a month. When she isn’t editing or writing copy, coordinating conference logistics, or helping improve WordRake’s functionality, she’s reading, going on ten-mile walks, or looking up flight prices. Connect with her on LinkedIn here.