How to Edit a Dissertation – Number Agreement and Headings


Finishing your dissertation is a significant accomplishment. It is equally important to make sure that the dissertation is reviewed and carefully edited so it is an accurate portrayal of your work and the subject matter. This blog will give you ideas and tips on how to edit your work. Remember that employing a professional editor for a professional review of your work is the safest route to choose. With that in mind, please allow this professional dissertation editor to give you some tips on editing your dissertation.

Number Agreement and Headings

Remember to use the spell-check and grammar check features of your word processing program. But it is important to note that they do not find every error.

One of the biggest problems to proofread for in your dissertation is number agreement. In academic writing, almost every style guide requires that numbers greater than ten are represented with numerals. Spell out numbers that are less than ten. Additionally, most style guides require a half-inch indentation of paragraphs.

Though headings differ by the style guide, you can find every style guide on the Internet. The Owl at Purdue University ( is an excellent resource, as it synthesizes the pertinent points of numerous style guides. This online writing lab offers 200 free resources for users around the world. Many professional editors use it. It is an excellent resource that will show you how to make sure your dissertation is style guide compliant.

Proofreading your work can be an overwhelming task. A fresh set of eyes is always best when proofreading. A professional editor knows how to properly edit your academic work so you can put your best foot forward. The professional dissertation editors at are always here to help you with your work.

Originally posted 9/6/2010 and happily updated 10/29/2017. Thanks for reading!

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