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Grace Fleming

Proofreading Your Essay

By December 11, 2012

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If you have just finished writing a draft of your paper, it's a good idea to set it aside before trying to read it over for mistakes and clarity. You'll need fresh eyes and a clear head. Perhaps you could fill the time by reading some proofreading advice.

And another tip: If your paper has several components, like multiple footnotes and a big bibliography, you should proofread those individually -- don't try to proofread all components at the same time. Reading for clarity in an essay and reading for accuracy in your citations will require two different ways of thinking.


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