It is a good idea to have a thought about the rules of proofreading. This knowledge will come in handy when the supervisor will edit the text of your dissertation. You should at least understand what it offers you change in the text. Make a photocopy of the table of the most commonly used correction symbols (you will find it in any Handbook issued to authors, proofreaders, or editors) and hang on the wall in front of your desktop. Despite the fact that all most proofreading and editing is performed in recent years on computers, the edit "pen to paper" at least in a small volume will be produced in the future. (Typically, the last stages of proofreading and editing done on paper, and there is some reasons that will be outlined in our book.) You'll also learn to perform it so that the result does not cause inconsistencies.
The process of proofreading the text cannot be completely separated from the process of writing. No matter how many PhD students gave great advice: write first in rough, not thinking about the expressions, will edit later, very few people are able to follow him. So right write left – erasable. However, when all the text is written, there comes a time shared proofreading. It's time to print computer text. Few people has experience in general dissertation proofreading of large texts on the screen without printing. When you view the first paper version of any text is definitely identified quite a wild error. At this point it is convenient to put the entire text of the thesis in one huge file. In order not to get lost in it, make it so that simultaneously with the text in the left part of the screen was displayed a detailed table of contents (e Say this command: View – document map). Having done so, You will not only be able to answer the question "where am I now?", but also get the opportunity to quickly navigate in the text – almost as if You had a book. Divide, if you have enough self-discipline, work on general proofreading on several stages:
First look, not lost in one Chapter the fragment of another, for example in the Results, you're almost sure to find entire paragraphs that should be in the Methods or in the Discussion (if you decided to allocate the Discussion in a separate Chapter). You'll have to rearrange large chunks of text. Work at the level of pages and paragraphs, trying not to be distracted by some phrases, and especially on the poor wording, repetition of words and spelling errors. All noticed small flaws mark and forget about them until the next stage. If you can overcome the temptation and begin to restore gloss, it will soon take root in you subconscious belief that the proof is complete. In the future this will lead to reluctance to alter the text again and again. You can not suspect, but when the supervisor will return the first version of the dissertation with his comments, You set it aside for a long time, assuring themselves and others that there are more urgent matters. After the reshuffle of large parts of the text, writing a new episode, and seizure unnecessary, you proceed to the next stage of proofreading.
The essence of this phase is to identify and resolve apparent contradictions and unnecessary repetitions. It may happen that in different places of the thesis You will lead different interpretations of the same data. Consider in which of these attempts to explain the results of the experiment you were right, and eliminate the contradiction. The results of the same experience or observation can result in different sections of the dissertation, if this is justified by the logic of presentation. For example, in one case, trend data for heart rate were desired to compare them with the performance of the respiratory system, in another analysis of the heat balance of the body. However, if there is repetition repair it, leaving the data in that section of the thesis where they are needed. Edit and proofread the list of references. Remove from him (and thus proofreading of the text) of the work, without which you can not do.
Proofreading will make sure that your Dissertation is error free and clear to read.