The importance of the thesis
or dissertation in the educational experience of the undergraduate or
graduate student should not be underestimated. College professors view
the dissertation as a cumulative effort : representative of the
entirety of the educational experience. The quality of the dissertation is
measured on a number of different criteria : including format,
consistency, language development, source quality and overall
presentation. Even simple errors in this kind of a document can mean
the difference between a publishable dissertation and a document quickly
dismissed and not given a second look.
decades, undergraduate and graduate students have been challenged by
the researching and formatting requirements of theses and dissertations.
students have sought the help of inaccessible professors, busy
librarians and unskilled research assistants, with varied successes.
The most difficult elements of developing a dissertation include understanding
the formatting, creating effective bibliographies and
collecting and summarizing valuable research documents to provide
support for the hypothesis posited in the author's introduction.