Polishing and Proofreading
While we usually write on a computer, proofreading happens best on paper. When we proofread on the screen, everything is too familiar, a continuation of the same static environment in which we've been writing, which prevents us from seeing our mistakes easily. Proofreading a printed copy, by contrast, allows us to view our work in a new way.
For a full, NPS-specific overview of proofreading, take the next "Proofreading Tips and Tricks" workshop. Workshops are offered in the first four weeks of each quarter; you can sign up during workshop season through WCOnline. See the whole workshop list here.
Polishing and Proofreading Links
- Video (1:49): "Proofreading," UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center
- Handout (printable): "Editing and Proofreading," UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center
- Handouts (printable): "Editing the Essay, Part One" and Part Two, Harvard University Writing Center
- Webpage: "Twelve Common Errors," University of Wisconsin, Madison Writing Center
- Webpage: "Top 20 Grammar Errors," Writing Across the Curriculum, Georgia State University
- Book: Guide to Rapid Revision, 8th ed., Daniel and Paula Pearlman, Longman
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