Proofreading Checklist

Proofreading Checklist

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 
2018-12-17T23:27:37+00:00December 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Proofreading Checklist