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The Proofreading Process

Proofreading, involving checking the presentation of papers, including the spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax, is a vital part of the whole paper writing process and will be covered here with checklists like the one below to help you make sure you are handing in work of an appropriate academic standard.

A checklist you can use to make sure you have covered the main requirements of a paper:

  • Did the research answer the question? Did it fulfill the entire brief?
  • Did the introduction accurately indicate the structure and direction of the paper's main argument/discussion?
  • Did the points made in the paper proceed in a coherent and logical way?
  • Did each paragraph deal with a topic and did it connect with the main thrust of the argument?
  • How successful was the paper in raising the issues in question - have all the points made been substantiated (either justified through logic or evidence from/discussion about primary or secondary material)?
  • Were the sources and references used relevant and valid?
  • Were enough sources and references used?
  • Were the sources referenced in a correctly and accurately both in the list of references and in the bibliography?
  • Were all the references acknowledged? (Note: it is important that all outside quotations, evidence and content in general is acknowledged. If this is not done a charge of plagiarism could be made. It is a serious offence to deliberately present the writing of others as your own. Writing is intellectual property and deliberate theft of such work is therefore strictly illegal).
  • Does the paper flow? Is it as clearly written as possible? (You could look for things like very long sentences, repetition, very short sentences, clumsy punctuation)
  • Are all the spellings correct? Have you done a spell check?
  • Finally: have you put everything on the title page which is needed (your name, name of tutor and module, word count, assignment title)