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How to Research: Proofread Your Work

Just getting started on a research paper or project? Don't know where to start? This is the guide for you!

Proofread Your Work

Whether you are writing a research paper, essay, book report, or reflective journal, or creating slides for a presentation, the last step in the research process is to proofread your work.

Writing Support at the Vera Bracken Library

Writing support is available in the Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat Campus). 

Drop-in Service (September-April):

  • Monday-Friday: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Contact: Taryn Fritz, Writing Specialist

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Proofreading Tips

These tips will help you proofread your paper:

  • Read your work backwards, word by word.
  • Read your work out loud.
  • Proofread a printed copy of your work.
  • Ask someone else to read your work.

"spelling simtaks are embracing"

Spelling mistakes are embarrassing! Most word processors have a spell check, and some have a grammar check, but both are not foolproof. Here are things to consider when proofreading:

  • homonyms (e.g. accept and except)
  • apostrophes (e.g. its and it's, your and you're)
  • punctuation (extra commas, missing periods)
  • capitalization (first letter of a sentence, proper nouns)
  • pluralization (DVDs not DVD's)

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