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You have just typed the last full stop of your conclusions. Finished at last? Wrong—you still have many weeks of work to do. You have two major tasks ahead: you must revise your first draft in response to the criticisms of supervisors and friends and, when you have done that, you must check the details of the whole work.
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However, my revision of this book was not printed until I had a final, ‘clean’ manuscript.
The dreaded ‘rewrite!’ was a comment that was often written on my thesis. I cursed my supervisor every time I saw it, because he used it for everything from minor errors of punctuation to major garbling of whole passages, with no hint of what the comment referred to.
The order in which the various components are given, and the styles used to distinguish book titles, journal names, and so on, varies from discipline to discipline. You should find the method used in your discipline and stick to it; be very consistent. Departments will often have a preferred method.
Some people prefer to call it Bibliography. A list of references contains only material that is specifically referred to in your thesis, whereas a bibliography may contain other material of interest, but not specifically referred to. For a thesis, References is preferable.
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