Note: you should aim to send a copy for review no earlier than the Monday before the deadline to ensure you get as thorough of a review as possible. If you defend your thesis prior to the review week, you may send it sooner (please include a note that the work is defended) as the copy will be close to the final draft. If you send a partial draft early in the semester, it will be considered a "pre-check" and you'll likely need to resubmit for the review deadline. The Reviewer will indicate if that is the case.
A review ensures that students meet the requirements set forth by the university and the Graduate College. Information on these requirements can be found on the Thesis & Dissertation Formatting Guide and in the Thesis & Dissertation Manual. The two main components checked during the review are the formatting of the thesis and that all citations in the thesis are properly managed and follow the style selected by the student's department (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.).
The Graduate College maintains an approved style that all submitted theses / dissertations must follow. This style outlines things ranging from page margins to labeling of tables / figures. It is not an exhaustive manual and leaves some items up to the preferred style of the department, the field of the student's work, and personal preference. The work should reflect a level of professionalism and consistency; specific questions on allowed formatting can be directed to the Thesis & Dissertation Reviewer and the student's program.
Steps on how to format can be found in the Formatting Guide.
Students should use the style manual that is approved by their department for styling and usage of citing sources. All in text citations are required to match an entry in the references / bibliography. Students should manage their citation use while writing and check their work throughout the process.
During this portion of the review, every in text citation is checked for proper style and matched to the corresponding reference entry. Author's names, year of publication, and all of the in text source information is checked to ensure it corresponds to the reference entry. The reference entries are checked for proper format and to ensure all required source information is included.