If you’ve gotten this far, you’re probably happy with your thesis and unlikely to change your paper in fundamental ways. But the final touches can seriously affect the impression your paper makes on a reader. Here’s a checklist:
On the subject of spelling--don’t rely on the Spell Check. If you mean “their” and write “there,” the computer won’t tell you. Pay special attention to the spelling of proper names: if you consistently spell Jane Austen’s last name as “Austin,” your English teacher may be too irritated to give your brilliant thesis about Emma the acclaim it deserves. Be sure you’re spelling key terms correctly: your art history instructor may not applaud your point about angels and putti if you’ve called them “angles” and “putty.”
Have you numbered your pages?
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