PROOFREADS? TRY TO DO IT BY YOUR OWN..
Proofreading was the main topic for today’s entry. What is actually a proofreading? Proofreading means examining your text carefully to find and correct typographical errors and mistakes in grammar, style, and spelling.
You may face critical time and there are no qualified people going to proofread your assignment. Here is my suggestion on how you can proofread by yourself.
Just jump to http://www.gingersoftware.com/proofreading and hit get started button. Follow the instruction and finish the installation. Go to your Word Document and there are ‘G’ button which automatically appears on the top of the screen. To me, using Ginger to makes proofread is just very simple and quick. But please bear in mind that you must also carefully read the suggestion for correction before approved it.
Before You Proofread
- Be sure you've revised the larger aspects of your text. Don't make corrections at the sentence and word level if you still need to work on the focus, organization, and development of the whole paper, of sections, or of paragraphs.
- Set your text aside for a while (15 minutes, a day, a week) between writing and proofing. Some distance from the text will help you see mistakes more easily.
- Eliminate unnecessary words before looking for mistakes. See the writing center handout how to write clear, concise, direct sentences.
- Know what to look for. From the comments of your professors or a writing center instructor on past papers, make a list of mistakes you need to watch for.
- Work from a printout, not the computer screen. (But see below for computer functions that can help you find some kinds of mistakes.)
- Read out loud. This is especially helpful for spotting run-on sentences, but you'll also hear other problems that you may not see when reading silently.
- Use a blank sheet of paper to cover up the lines below the one you're reading. This technique keeps you from skipping ahead of possible mistakes.
- Use the search function of the computer to find mistakes you're likely to make. Search for "it," for instance, if you confuse "its" and "it's;" for "-ing" if dangling modifiers are a problem; for opening parentheses or quote marks if you tend to leave out the closing ones.
you tend to make many mistakes, check separately for each kind of error,
moving from the most to the least important, and following whatever
technique works best for you to identify that kind of mistake.
For instance, read through once (backwards, sentence by sentence) to check for fragments; read through again (forward) to be sure subjects and verbs agree, and again (perhaps using a computer search for "this," "it," and "they") to trace pronouns to antecedents.
with a spelling check, using a computer spelling checker or reading
backwards word by word.
But remember that a spelling checker won't catch mistakes with homonyms (e.g., "they're," "their," "there") or certain typos (like "he" for "the").
Goodluck! Best regard,