After months of hard work and sleepless nights, the moment when you finally get to hand in your dissertation can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking at the same time.
Before handing over the final version of your work it's important that you triple check that it is complete and that you've not forgotten anything important.
Use our 7-step dissertation hand-in checklist to put your mind at rest.
The abstract appears right at the beginning of your dissertation but it is usually written last, which is why you need to be careful not to forget it. The abstract is a highly condensed, brief summary of your entire dissertation. It may seem difficult to summarise something that you have lived and breathed for so many months but you need to make sure that your abstract is short and concise.
It isn't essential that you include a page of acknowledgements, but chances are that you've had some help or guidance somewhere along the line so giving acknowledgement to the people who have helped you is a nice touch.
Before you draft up your appendices, bibliography, reference list, or table of figures it's a good idea to check with your school, college or university which format they prefer these to be in as different institutes often have different preferences.
Your reference list and/or bibliography should be positioned at the end of your dissertation just before your appendix. You will need to make sure that you reference all sources and materials that you have used throughout your dissertation. Your appendices are used to include any research materials that you have not included in the main body of your text but that are useful for illustrating a point. These could be original transcripts, questionnaires, graphs or tables.
Once you're sure that the main content of your dissertation is complete it's time to get it proofread. When it comes to your dissertation it just enough to simply run a spell check over the document, you'll need a few different people to cast their eyes over your work to make sure that everything makes sense, is spelt right and written in a way that is grammatically correct.
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When you're writing such a huge piece of work over such a long period of time it's easy for a slight change in formatting or font size to go unnoticed. Cast your eye over your entire dissertation to make sure that you have been consistent with the way that you have laid out your work, the font that you've used and the size of your text and headings.
Once you're sure that everything else is correct it's time to get those pages numbered and your table of contents completed. As with your appendix and bibliography it is a good idea to check with your educational institute whether they have any preference in the way that this is laid out before you go ahead and get stuck in. Don't forget to include chapter numbers as well as page numbers.
Finally, your content is complete. The final step to tick off your checklist is getting your work bound either with a hard cover, or with a plastic comb and cardboard and acetate covers. Once everything's bound all you have left to do is take a step back and admire your handiwork before kissing good bye to your dissertation when you hand it in.
Well done you've finished!
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