Why is Word not enough as a spelling / grammar checker or as an APA Standards applicator for your thesis?
The first thing to say is that Word is a good ally to avoid simple grammatical errors, some misspellings in your thesis, besides serving as a reference manager in APA, IEEE, Chicago, MLA, among others.
This specifically because it has three supremely useful corrections, namely:
Red underline; indicates that the word has a spelling error.
Green underlining; indicates that the word has a grammatical error. For example, when a sentence is poorly written.
Blue underline; indicates that a word is well written but is not being used correctly in the phrase.
These three functions are a huge help for the thesis students. However, now we will mention why it is not enough to have an impeccable thesis regarding aspects of form and style:
- It does not correct the scoring rules.
- Master very few grammar rules.
- It does not distinguish between homophones (two words that sound the same, but they are written differently), nor homographs (two words that are written equal or almost the same, but have different meanings).
- It does not warn you that you are being redundant or insulting.
- The Word dictionary is limited.
- He does not think and is unable to understand the nuances of the language.
On the other hand, as a manager of bibliographic references, it has the function of inserting the bibliography showing exactly where each part of it should be placed, and it allows automatically generating the list of references in alphabetical order. However, it also has many shortcomings in the APA format:
- It is a help directed only to references and partially to appointments.
- He does not know when they are long or short appointments.
- He does not know if it is a paraphrase or a textual quote.
- When the page number is to be put in the appointment, it places “page” instead of “page”, as stated in the sixth edition of the APA Rules.
- Do not put “et al.”, And when there are many authors place “and others”.
- It does not offer to insert all types of existing references, for example, laws, social networks, among many others.
In sum, it can be said that hardly any text or app processor replaces the work of the style editor or of an expert in APA Standards. It is worth noting that some universities are flexible in terms of their requirements related to APA standards and style, in these cases Word will be sufficient, but more and more advisers and faculties require a proofreader who is responsible for leaving the brilliant thesis in terms of style and form.
Remember that in UVR proofreaders we offer you a review of style and APA Standards for your thesis, which will leave you perfect in these aspects and ready to print or send to your university.
Also, do not forget to consult all our articles where we give you practical tips so that you can finish the content of your thesis quickly and with quality.