Revising & Editing

Editing and Proofreading Strategies for Revision - Purdue Writing Lab

Very detailed and precise suggestions for what to check as you edit. Rather more concerned with the micro level and somewhat prescriptive but still useful.

Editing and Proofreading  - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This handout provides some tips and strategies for revising your writing. To give you a chance to practice proofreading, we have left seven errors (three spelling errors, two punctuation errors, and two grammatical errors) in the text of this handout. See if you can spot them!

Revising and Editing - University of Toronto

Revising gives you the chance to preview your work on behalf of the eventual reader. Revision is much more than proofreading, though in the final editing stage it involves some checking of details. Good revision and editing can transform a mediocre first draft into an excellent final paper. It’s more work, but leads to real satisfaction when you find you’ve said what you wanted.

A Guide to Self-Editing - University of Portland

As you enter the final revision stages of the writing process for any paper, it is important to keep an eye out for details that will affect the clarity of your argument. In earlier stages of the writing process, you decided what to say in your paper; now is the time to refine how you express your ideas in order to get your points across clearly and effectively. Although it never hurts to let someone else, like a writing assistant, look over your paper, you are ultimately responsible for revising your own work. Taking the time to carefully revise your writing is well worth the effort because it allows you to improve your paper while learning good writing habits. This guide includes helpful self-editing strategies and explanations of how to recognize and correct some common errors in order to enhance the quality of your writing.

Revising the Whole Paper, Revising Argument, Organization, and Voice - Trent University

Revising Topic, Thesis and Organization, Reverse Outlines, Revising Voice, Level of Formality, the Use of “I”,  the Use of “you”, Gender-Neutral Language, etc.