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Editing and proofreading tricks and tips - Nicola Taylor

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Writing Summer School 23-25 July 2014
Editing and proofreading tricks and tips -

Nicola Taylor
College of Arts and Law
Academic Writing Advisory Service
(AWAS)

be clear, be concise, be precise
but how?
argumentation, voice, structure
each discipline has its own conventions but here are some ideas -
sentence and word level
sentence level -
syntax
sentence fragments
run-on sentences
subject/verb/noun agreement
complex sentences
punctutation
coherence -
make sure your sentences link logically one after the other

resources
International students - EISU
Home students (College of Arts and Law) - AWAS
Home students (all other colleges) - ASC

on-line resources
published materials

teaching opportunities
editing:
text and section level

argumentation
voice
structure

proofreading:
sentence and word level

syntax
vocabulary choice
punctuation
text / section level
the Ppt metaphor

how to get there?

and how to check you have stuck to your plan?
how to get there?
read
mind-map / paper trick
select
group
organise
KEY POINT
linear argument = linear plan
and how to check you have stuck to your plan? Answer = edit!
annotate your draft, use summarising keywords against each point in the paragraph / section
check you maintain a strong 'voice' of your own
check all quotes / citations are referenced and referred to
check for repetition / nonsense
check against your plan!
change your plan?
KEY POINT
don't wait till the end to do this!
KEY POINT
who (or what) is doing what to whom (or what)??
word level -
vocabulary choice
spelling
syntax - tricks and tips
separate the sentences (press return)
check sentence length
check punctuation
check for sentence fragments
and run-on sentences
check [subject] [verb] [object]
check the order of ideas in complex sentences
ask someone else to read it to you
vocabulary - tricks and tips
check reporting verbs
check collocation
check spelling
read backwards!

KEY POINT
keep it clear
simple is better than confused
KEY POINT
be precise
don't use words you don't really understand
to learn more - see handout or contact

n.taylor@bham.ac.uk

thank you!
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