Proofreading and editing

  • Proofreading and editing are not the same thing!

    You need to do both: edit to get the content and structure right; proofread to make is easy for the reader to read it!

    • Better safe than sorry: proofreading your work

      (University of Manchester, UK) This excellent guide places ‘proofreading’ as part of the writing process. It shows, with examples, how to work on presenting ideas and argument as well as paying attention to the details of spelling and grammar.
    • A sure way to lose marks is to hand in work without carefully checking it. A common sense approach is often enough:
      • Try reading it out loud somewhere. Does it sound odd to you? Then it probably is. Rephrase it.
      • Does it make sense to you? If it doesn't make sense to you, it won't make sense to anyone else reading it! Rephrase it, to make it simpler and clearer.
      • Write short sentences!

    Or use technology to help you!

    • Ginger proofreader

      Corrects spelling and grammar mistakes.
    • Natural Readers

      Text-to-speech software that can read aloud Microsoft word docs, PDFs, webpages and emails. Can also convert written text to audio files and great for proofreading.