ERIC Number: ED464346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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How To Proofread and Edit Your Writing: A Guide for Student Writers.
Proofreading can be tedious and boring, especially if it is approached as correcting errors. But proofreading is not correcting errors so much as reviewing the paper for ideas and for readability. Sometimes classmates can help a student proofread--they can help assess the draft, propose some alternative solutions, and make some choices. This paper covers two different kinds of proofreading: proofreading for revising or rewriting, which involves major reworking of the paper; and proofreading for editing, which involves working primarily with sentences: rephrasing them, clarifying them, correcting grammatical and mechanical mistakes. The paper does not address "true revision"--which involves a global rethinking of the purposes and intent of the draft. Instead, the strategies offered in the paper are designed to help students review a paper that is beyond the invention stage. The paper's first set of strategies address proofreading for revising: how to review a draft for the presentation of ideas--writers should use this section to help them with papers that are still in draft. The paper's second set of strategies address proofreading for editing: how to review a near-final version of a paper to ensure that clues have been provided for the reader to help him/her read the text easily--it deals with things such as clarity in sentences, as well as addressing some common errors people make. (NKA)
Descriptors: Editing, Higher Education, Proofreading, Writing Improvement, Writing Processes, Writing Skills
For full text: http://cal.bemidji.msus.edu/WRC/Handouts/ProofAndEdit.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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