Economics Dissertation Editing: 10 Fundamental Rules

Writing a dissertation does not end when the last word is typed. This is just the beginning of one of the most important steps: editing. Once the research, organizing, and writing is completed, it is vital to check it for errors in spelling, formatting, and citations. Without thorough editing, an economics dissertation could have issues with plagiarism, wrong citation, and other problematic errors. Here are 10 fundamental rules that students should follow with editing:

  1. Check that all sources are listed in the bibliography. This is the problem that could cause the most problems. If you make mistakes here, you could have issues with plagiarism and lose your academic reputation.

  2. Make sure all direct quotes are cited. It can be easy to skip this step when writing. Check your sources and be sure that everything is exactly where it needs to be inside of the paper.

  3. Double check that all paraphrases are cited. This is even more problematic that checking direct quotes. Hopefully, you have marked all of the paraphrased facts somewhere in your outline or rough draft. Make sure they are all cited properly.

  4. Check that proper formatting is followed throughout the dissertation. Go from the beginning to the end with a fine tooth comb looking for all of the formatting issues. Check for spacing issues on the title page, page numbers, titles, and subheadings within the paper, and issues inside of the appendices, too.

  5. Print a copy to mark up for evidence that editing was done. Your instructors will want to see that you really did edit. Save all of your evidence that you did this without cheating. If you hired someone, have your editor give you a copy of the work, too.

  6. Save the name of any professional editor who worked on your paper. The committee that approves your paper will want to see all of the names of the paper who worked with you on the paper. The editor is one of the most important and should be properly listed. Check with your school’s policy on how to do this.

  7. Follow editing guidelines used by your college or university. Every school has different guidelines.

  8. Check spelling and grammar errors thoroughly.

  9. Read paper backwards to find sentence structure errors. Many issues can be caught reading the paper this way. You should be able to find structural errors and logic errors, too.

  10. Read the paper out loud to hear the errors your eyes will miss. This should be the last thing you do, because you will catch everything that you did not catch on the other run throughs.

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