Editing, Proofreading, and Peer Reviews

When you have finished the writing process, the paper will need to be edited and proofread.  One tip we give students is to read through the paper from the last sentence to the first sentence.  Taking the sentences out of order better insures that you read the sentences as they actually are written instead what how you may think they are written.  Then you can read through the paper out loud from the beginning to catch any mistakes you may have missed and make sure the paper flows from one idea to the next.  For help with editing, proofreading, and peer reviewing, please view the links below.


    The Editing and Rewriting Process (From Guide to Grammar and Writing)
    Writing Tips: Five Editing Principles (From University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign)
    Twelve Common Errors: An Editing Checklist (From University of Wisconsin-Madison)  


How to Proofread (From University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  Editing and Proofreading Strategies (From Colorado State University)

Peer Reviews

       Peer Review Guidelines (From McGraw-Hill)


Many students are concerned about whether their paper "flows".  Besides the critical componenets of a thesis statement, focus, and organization that are needed to insure "flow", it is also important to use transitional words and phrases.  For a complete discussion of using transtitional words and phrases please view the links below.

    Coherence: Transition Between Ideas (From Guide to Grammar and Writing)
    Transitional Words and Phrases (From University of Wisconsin- Madison)

Concise Sentences

Concise sentences make a paper easier to read and protect the writer from being too"wordy".  For more information on concise sentences and how to write them, please view the links below.

    Clear, Concise, and Direct Sentences (From University of Wisconsin-Madison)