Polishing and Proofreading
While we usually write on a computer, proofreading happens best on paper. When we proofread on the screen, everything is too familiar, a continuation of the same static environment in which we've been writing, which often prevents us from seeing our mistakes easily. Proofreading a printed copy, by contrast, allows us to view our work in a new way.
Our online proofreading module explains why proofreading is essential, identifies common errors to look for in your work, and demonstrates how to spot and avoid these errors. It also helps you refine your skills via fun, interactive practice with immediate feedback.
Have specific proofreading questions? Check out our Grammar, Punctuation, and Style sections. For more tips on proofreading and editing, please see the following links:
Polishing and Proofreading Links
- Video (2:10): "Proofreading," UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center
- GWC online module: "Proofreading Tips and Tricks"
- Handout (printable): "Editing and Proofreading," UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center
- Video (1:49): "Reading Aloud," UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center
- Handout (printable): "Reading Aloud," UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center
- Handouts (printable): "Editing the Essay, Part One" and Part Two, Harvard University Writing Center
- Webpage: "Twelve Common Errors," University of Wisconsin, Madison Writing Center
- Webpage: "Top 20 Grammar Errors," Writing Across the Curriculum, Georgia State University
- Book: Guide to Rapid Revision, 8th ed., Daniel and Paula Pearlman, Longman