Editing

  • Editing and proofreading are not the same thing. Your first draft will not be good enough, so you must edit to ensure your argument makes sense and you must proofread to ensure it is clearly and accurately expressed.

    • Drafting, editing and proofreading

      (De Montfort University, UK) shows how and why you should draft and redraft your work. 
    • Editing an essay - or any piece of work 

      (RMIT, Aus) This one-sided sheet suggests a systematic approach to check the accuracy and clarity of your writing.
    • Editing to reduce length

      (University of Bradford, UK) A practical set of strategies to use to cut length and improve your writing
    • Proofreading 

      (University of Portsmouth, UK) gives a good, clear summary of what's involved in editing, sub-editing and proofreading, all under the heading 'proofreading'.
    • Editing checklist - and more

      (University of Bradford, UK) Lots of tips and approaches to editing checking your work.