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Answered By: Cassie Sampson, Education & General Education Librarian
Last Updated: May 27, 2016     Views: 276

When you revise or edit a paper, focus on the ideas and organization as well as grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

For checking your ideas and organization, ask the following:

  • Is my thesis statement concise and clear?
  • Did I follow my outline?
  • Are my arguments presented in a logical sequence?
  • Are all sources properly cited to ensure that I am not plagiarizing?
    • Are all of the items in my reference page cited in my text?
    • Are all of the items cited in my text in my reference page?
    • Did I use proper APA style?
  • Have I proved my thesis with strong supporting arguments?
  • Have I made my intentions and points clear in the essay?  Are my arguments well supported and well reasoned?  Did I have another reader review my paper?

For grammar, spelling, and punctuation, check the following:

  • Are there ideas I could express more concisely and in less words?
  • Do subjects and verbs agree?
  • Do pronouns and their antecedents agree in number and gender?
  • Words such as there, they're, and their are commonly misused.  Did I use the correct forms?
  • Did I avoid writing with I and you for an academic paper?
  • To avoid repetition, I should vary my sentence beginnings.  Did I avoid starting two sentences in the same paragraph with the same word?
  • Did I use transition words when moving from one concept to the next?  These are words like:  first, second, then, however, therefore, in addition...
  • Did I check for spelling?

 Use Grammarly to check your paper for grammar, punctuation and plagiarism.