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Dissertation Survival Guide: Step Six Finishing Touches

Guidance on how to complete your Dissertation/Final Year Project and make the most of Library and IT Services and Resources

Presenting your work using Microsoft Word

You’ve written everything you think you need to include, but the page numbers don’t want to co-operate! Your headings look wonky and how on earth do you create a table of contents at the front? Never fear, the IT training team is here - they’ve loads of help on using software like Word to format your dissertation, you can also book on the Word for your Dissertation course and find out how to:


  • Assign and modify styles in a document
  • Use the navigation pane to move through a document
  • Implement page and section breaks in a document
  • Insert and manage page numbering
  • Insert a table of contents
  • Practice useful shortcuts


Ask a critical friend

Before you print and bind your work, make sure you proof read it and remove any typos etc.  To really take your dissertation/final year project though to the next level, why not ask a “critical friend” to read it first? This should preferably be someone not on your course who can point out mistakes and sections that are unclear BEFORE you print. 


Binding your dissertation

You now need to print out and bind dissertation.  We’ve binding machines in the library opposite the Printing Hubs on floors 3 and 5.  You can purchase the necessary materials from the floor four Help Centre. There is also Printing Services who can do it for you for a charge -  


Read&Write will enable the computer to read anything on your computer screen aloud.  You can use it to proof-read you own dissertation.