How to Bind Your Dissertation for Best Effect


If you are a student working on a complex dissertation and need to show that your efforts are first class, then you will need to make sure that the document is professionally presented. While the content within will need to be your best work, of course, you will want to ensure that the book itself makes a good impression. To do this properly, you will need to get it bound by a local printing service, but there are many different ways to do this. What do you need to know so you can make a choice?

Making an Impression

As there is so much riding on your presentation, you should carefully consider how you are going to bind your work for the best effect. After all, it may be a particularly lengthy document, and you will want to make it as easy as possible for those who are considering the work to make their judgement. Remember, that you will want them to be able to turn the pages without any issue and will want them to gauge the effort based on your knowledge and interpretation rather than your bookbinding skills.

Saddle Stitch

Of course, you could take the easy route and choose saddle stitching, where the individual sheets are folded, creased and then stapled together. This may be okay for a smaller document with a limited number of pages but is not appropriate for a larger dissertation.


You could choose perfect binding, and this is a method that is used extensively with paperback books. Once again, the pages are folded before being glued into a spine, which is part of the outer cover. You need to approach this with caution, however, and especially if the book is larger as the individual pages may not be secure. Should this be the case, you can specify that you want a stronger adhesive and a slightly different approach.


Some people may choose to sew each section together as their preferred binding method, and this is certainly more secure. Each folded section is sewn together with the adjoining section and then attached to the spine with glue for extra support.


Alternatively, you could decide that spiral binding is the approach for you. In this case, holes are punched through each page using a special tool and then a plastic or wire coil is inserted. You can include a hardcover at each end for additional impact, should you wish.

Making Your Choice

These are just some of the available options, and you should talk with a local printing company to learn more about bookbinding.


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