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Proofreading for students

Have you spent hours in the library researching your dissertation or thesis? Been up all night finishing it off – just one last change here; oh, and another there – and before you know it, it's daylight again? I know how you feel! I've been there, done that, got the T-shirt, and I'm here to help reduce some of that stress, so you can have a well-earned break.

When your dissertation or thesis is almost ready for submission, I will give it a final polish, proofreading the main text, references and any tables as required. However, as the work must be your own, the standard service I provide in this situation is limited to checking for the following:

  • Correct spelling, grammar and punctuation

  • Consistent styles of spelling, capitalisation and hyphenation throughout

  • Even spacing of words

  • Identification of the incorrect use of words

  • Consistent formatting of headings, lists, captions and tables and/or illustrations

  • Any instances of unclear or ambiguous writing, and providing an explanation of why it is unclear

  • The presence of all references (unless a significant number are missing)

  • Correct style of references if specified by your place of study (provided you have attempted to format them correctly).

I use the Track Changes function in Word, which makes it easy for you to work your way through the amendments without having to re-type them back into the original document. I would advise, if possible, allowing one week between receiving the amended file and the date of submission, in order to work through the changes, accepting or rejecting them as you see fit ​​ it is your responsibility to ensure that the changes have not altered your intended meaning in any way.

If this sounds like what you need, do get in touch to request a quote. Please make sure you let me know the total word count, (or a rough estimate if you haven't finished writing yet), including any appendices, tables and references; the subject matter; the deadline for proofreading; as well as when you plan to send the manuscript to me. Some students prefer to check general and reference formatting themselves in order to save expense, so please make your requirements clear in this respect. It would also be helpful if you could send a representative sample from the middle of the text.

My services do not include:

  • Rewriting of the text (if, on occasion, only a very small amount of rewording is necessary to correct the English then I will do so without altering the intended meaning)

  • Checking for plagiarism

  • Fact-checking

  • Verifying references or adding any missing information from them

  • Wholesale reformatting of the references if you have not attempted to format them yourself

  • Structural editing or copy-editing of the work

  • Altering or advising on the overall content of the work, or adding to or removing part(s) of the content

  • Making your work ‘sound more academic’.

Important note: Some universities do not allow their students to use a proofreader. Others have specific guidelines and/or restrictions regarding this. Please ensure that your place of study does allow you to use such services before booking my time. If your place of study does allow this but has specific guidelines or restrictions, I would still be happy to work for you but those guidelines will take precedence over my own standard service for students, and must be provided with or in advance of the manuscript itself. It is your responsibility to find out your university's policy and to inform me of it.