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Module Five

PROOFREADING AND FORMATTING

The more you proofread, the better your paper gets. You have probably been correcting errors as you revised, but don't depend on this method. You need to get out the fine tooth comb and really concentrate on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and typos.
Caution.Don't rely on spell check and grammar check to catch and correct errors. These programs cannot detect the context of words when homonyms are involved, or analyze sentences with 100% accuracy. For the final read through, print out your paper.

First take another break.While you are taking your break, have someone else proofread your paper. Your eyes may fool you into seeing what you think is there because you know what you meant to write. Other people will not be so personally involved and will catch errors you might miss. In the end though, you are the one who is responsible.

READ IT ALOUD

READ IT SLOWLY

READ IT MORE THAN ONCE

Now all that is left is to format your paper. This is the final step in the makeover. You should now have great content and an engaging writing style, with no errors, but your paper is probably starting to look a little dog eared. It is time to give it a professional look. In other words, you need to format your paper. Just as with citations, there are APA and MLA rules to follow when formatting.

dogeared paper

formated paper

Formatting includes:

  • Pagination
  • Font size and style
  • Margins
  • Title page
  • Headers
  • Line Spacing

If you haven't done your citations yet, don't put it off any longer. Remember, besides the in text citations, you will need a list of all your references on a separate page at the end of your paper. If you have been using NoodleTools to generate your citations, all you need to do is add it to your paper.

NOW PROOFREAD AGAIN!!

Now that you have added the title page, references page, and have done the formatting, proofread again, concentrating on these areas. Make sure there are no extra lines or spaces, that headers and page numbers are in the right spot, and margins are consistent. It wouldn't hurt to check everything else again too!

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