Editing and Proofreading
When you complete a draft of your paper, review it for possible
areas of improvement.
- Are names, dates, and quotes accurate?
- Are facts and statistics clearly stated?
- Are there missing details or irrelevant material that
could be deleted?
- Have you chosen the correct word? Do you want "accept"
Is the service "continuous" or "continual"?
- Have you eliminated wordy phrases such as "round
in shape" for "round" or "summer months"
- Is your word choice suitable for your subject and audience?
Do some of your words have connotations that may weaken
your paper or offend readers?
- Is your paper free of fragments and run-ons?
- Do subjects and verbs agree?
- Do nouns and pronouns match in number?
- Are modifiers clearly placed? Are there sentences that
could be misinterpreted such as "She wore a ribbon
in her hair which was red"?
- Are there awkward shifts from first to third person or
from past to present tense?
- Are ideas stated in a parallel fashion?
- Are the rules of spelling, capitalization, and punctuation
- Do you avoid mixed metaphors -- awkward statements like
"She got into hot water when her excuses didn't
cut any ice with the faculty."
Edit The Whole Composition
- Does the introduction grab attention and announce the
- Does the body support your thesis?
- Does the paper conclude on a strong point?
- Have you double checked spellings, facts, statistics,
and numbers for accuracy?
- Have you reviewed the text for grammar, punctuation, and
Proofread The Whole Document
- Have you followed the prescribed format -- using the expected
font size, spacing, and margins?
- Have you created the proper title page or heading and
included needed information such as the date and your name?
- Are pages properly numbered?
Because it is easy to overlook errors in your own
writing, use peer review if possible.
KEEP A COPY OF YOUR PAPER
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