Q. Do you have a checklist for paper editing?
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?
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