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  • 1. Revision,Editing,ProofingK. Shimabukuro
  • 2. Step 1- Revision Is your thesis/argument clear? Does each topic sentence of each body paragraph make a clear statement/point about your topic?  Use color coding to double check this  Make sure you haven’t buried the topic of your body paragraph Look within each body paragraph and make sure that the ideas and argument flows well and supports the topic sentence.
  • 3. More on Revision You might have to make major changes to your paper. I suggest printing out your paper and making notes on this first. Save each revision as a separate document (v2, v3, etc.) so that you can revisit a previous draft if you need to. Don’t be afraid to cut out portions that aren’t supporting your argument. Look at organization- would this paragraph be better earlier? Or later?
  • 4. Revise, revise, revise Youwill have to revise your paper more than once.  Each time you make major revisions, read the paper out loud, make notes, use color coding.  You need to make sure your argument is clear and supported before you move onto the next step.  Be sure that your citations are still correct if you move pieces of information around.
  • 5. Step 2- Editing Once you’ve finished with the revision of your argument, which has to do with how your argument is structured, then you’re ready to edit. Editing has to do with grammar, spelling and syntax.  The best way to make editing corrections to the paper is to read it out loud.  DO NOT rely on spell and grammar check. Both make mistakes, or “misread” items. While you should spell and grammar check, there is no replacement for you editing your paper.  Again, I think a printed out copy helps with this.  Make corrections as you read aloud.
  • 6. Step 3- Proofreading Proofreading is often confused with editing, as many people complete both activities at the same time. I suggest that you keep it a separate step. Proofreading includes:  Checking for typos and misspellings.  Checking that the format of your paper is MLA.  This includes parenthetical citations
  • 7. Finishing Up Use the resources we’ve covered in class.  Purdue OWL  The revision checklist  MLA sites for parenthetical citations and general paper formatting