Ideas for proceeding: some writers find reading their work aloud helps find errors. Others read their papers backwards in examining for correctness. Still others find it best to have a new eye (another person) make this final review.
- Spelling: Have you used spellcheck and re-read attentively for errors with homophones (e.g., it’s – its, there, their, they’re; too – to, etc.)?
- Missing Words: Have you left out any words (e.g., prepositions, helping verbs, etc.)?
- Minor errors: Have you scanned the paper for the minor errors in spacing, lettering, capitalization, etc.?
- Grammar: Are your sentences and their parts (subject-verb agreement) correct? Capital letters begin sentence? You’ve checked for fragments.
- Punctuation: Do you need to add, correct or delete any marks? Have you checked that you’ve used apostrophes correctly?
- Format: Are your margins correct? Is your text double-spaced? Are you citations done correctly?
- Mechanics: Have you checked capitalization, italics, or other matters?
- Check for “fussy” style expectations (e.g., that comma after “e.g.” and the various dashes in APA).
- Know your own errors (APA style rules to your own idiosyncratic typing errors) & check for them.
- Double-check spelling of research names in citations