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Thesis and Dissertation Readings

A trained graduate assistant will check your thesis or dissertation for documentation style, grammar and mechanics, and format.

A graduate Writing Lab assistant will check your thesis or dissertation for documentation style and grammar and mechanics.  These readings are two hours in length. Lab assistants usually read one chapter at a time.  Depending on the length of your chapters, you may need to schedule more than one session per chapter.  Many departments require that theses and dissertations be read in the Writing Lab before they are approved, so be sure to check with your department regarding this requirement.

Readers typically do not check theses or dissertations for content, particularly the specialized content of literary, legal, historical, educational research, and scientific documents.  Please speak with your professor and your thesis or dissertation coordinator if you have content-related questions.

Additionally, since Writing Lab assistants have not yet written their own theses or dissertations, they might not be entirely proficient in your discipline's documentation style and format. The staff at the UWF Doctoral Support Center might be more helpful to you in that regard.  Please consider contacting the UWF Doctoral Support Center if you have specific or specialized questions about format.

What are my options for a thesis or dissertation reading?

This type of reading is similar to the face-to-face paper readings we offer to undergraduates except that you'll get approximately double the time of an undergraduate appointment. A graduate Writing Lab assistant will read your thesis or dissertation.

This type of reading is similar to a face-to-face thesis or dissertation reading except that the reading will be conducted via Web conference.  This type of reading uses Google Hangouts to assist students over the Internet in real time.  During this type of reading, you and the graduate Lab assistant will work together from your separate, respective computers.

This type of reading is ideal for graduate students who cannot travel to UWF.