How to Proofread Academic Writing

How to Proofread Academically

Proofreading is a vital part of any species of formal writing, serving as the final stage of composition before submission and/or publication; and, as a consequence, it cannot be relegated to an after-thought. Certainly, proofreading cannot be skipped altogether – not without inevitable detriment. The final stages of formal writing are as essential as the first sentence penned; moreover, they are where first-class pieces of work are made. No first-rate essay ever evaded proofreading; no first-rate writer would ever allow it. Academic writing is a highly personal and creative craft. One should take pride in one's work for its own sake, if not for grading purposes. Further, if you have put care and effort into composition, it should be rewarding and, indeed, enjoyable to review your final product. Also, while the proofreading process can admittedly be somewhat tedious, it is one of the easiest ways of assuring extra marks. True, the bulk of an essay's merit is determined by its intellectual substance; however, a small yet significant portion comes down to its technical, typographical properties. Consider that it is a lot easier to ensure your work is free from typos or grammatical errors than it is to come up with a trailblazing idea or build a razor-sharp argument. Put simply, proofreading is a sure and easy way to notch up an extra few marks; it therefore needs to be given due attention. An extra mark or two, of course, could mean the difference between a first and second class essay.

There are some general guidelines to help your proofreading along the way. Firstly, screen your work with whatever spelling and grammar checking application your word processer contains; this is quick and easy, there is no excuse for its omission. Secondly, you should read your essay aloud, checking the verbal flow of the piece. Spelling and grammar errors will swiftly become apparent, as will awkward phraseology and other species of clumsiness. Think of proofreading as intellectual quality control. It is your last chance to ensure that your work is an accurate reflection of your ability, and your opinions. You need to personally go over your writing to guarantee its integrity. After all, certain errors will evade detection in spellchecker software. Homophones, for instance, can be contextually, while not technically, incorrect: whereby accidental misuse can derail the meaning of an entire passage. For example, if one was discussing Hitler's murderous purge of German political opponents, the so-called “Night of the Long Knives”, one would not wish unwittingly to substitute “Knight” for “Night”, for this would make nonsense of the passage, without being typographically incorrect. The point is, there are certain mistakes that only a human being can pick up on; this is why proper proofreading is an absolute necessity. Finally, proofreading is not only about removing errors; it is also an opportunity to clarify meaning, improve presentation, and generally ensure that the work is in optimal shape. To this end, we offer a variety proofreading services to help you achieve the best possible results.

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