Unformatted text preview: 1 Comprehensive Self‐editing Checklist for Students’ Papers Comprehensive Self‐editing Checklist for Students’ Papers – adapted from Galvan’s (2006) Writing Literature Reviews ‐ ‐ ‐ ‐ You can use this checklist for any paper that you have to write. This list does not pretend to be exhaustive, yet covers major editing points. Feel free to modify this list as needed. Also, before starting with this checklist, remember that a paper that you are ready to submit ought to “be as accurate and error free as possible, both in terms of its content as well as its mechanics and style” (Galvan, 2006, p. 111). o The key word in reviewing your paper is ACCURACY. Topic / Question 1. Adherence to the instructions and preparation Have you read twice the instructions before your started writing? Have you asked your Professor for clarification regarding this assignment? Have you prepared an outline of your argumentation? 2. Adherence to the writing process for editing and redrafting Did you revise your paper with a reader rather than a writer’s perspective? Did you ask another person to review your paper? Did you bring your paper to the Writing Center? Have you addressed all of the questions raised by your reviewers? 3. Organization and other global considerations Does your review include an Introduction and Conclusions section? Does the length and organization follow APA style? Did you include a reference list? Is it accurate? 4. Effectiveness of the Introduction Does you introduction include the question that you are about to answer? Did you describe in the introduction the general structure of your paper? Yes No P. Rivolta, SHSU, 02.09.09 2 Comprehensive Self‐editing Checklist for Students’ Papers Does your introduction specify your thesis statement or point of view, if this is relevant? 5. Thoroughness and accuracy of the paper Is the coverage of your paper adequate (is your paper thorough)? Are there gaps in the body of your paper? Did you include unnecessary information? Did you make any overstatements? 6. Coherence and flow of the path of the argument Is the path of your argument made clear throughout the manuscript? Did you provide at least one example for each argument you made? Are these examples supported by references? Have you used transitional devices to clarify and hold your document together? 7. Effectiveness of the Conclusions Do your conclusions provide closure for the reader? Do your conclusions make reference to the line of argumentation you specified in the introduction? 8. Accuracy of citations and the reference list Have you checked your APA style manual’s guidelines for citing references in the narrative? Have you checked each citation in the manuscript to make sure that it appears on your reference list? Accurately? Have you checked all entries on the reference list to make sure that each one is cited in your manuscript? Accurately? Overall, have you paid close attention to plagiarism? 9. Mechanics and overall accuracy of the manuscript Did you read and edit your paper carefully? Did you spell check, grammar check your paper? Are margins correct? P. Rivolta, SHSU, 02.09.09 3 Comprehensive Self‐editing Checklist for Students’ Papers Is your paper double spaced? Is your paper too long? Too short? Did you use a proper font (e.g.: 12‐point, Times New Roman or Arial)? Did you include all information (full name, title of the assignment, class, date, etc.) in your title page / header, as required by your Professor? Are all your pages numbered? 10. Appropriateness of style and language usage Have you checked your manuscript for consistency with your APA style manual? If you have used long quotations, are they absolutely necessary? Does each quotation contribute significantly to your argumentation? If you have coined a new term, did you set it off in quotations? Have you avoided slang terms and colloquialisms? Have you avoided using contractions? Have you spelled out all acronyms on first mention? Have you avoided sexist language? If you used numbers in the narrative, have you checked to see if you spelled out the numbers zero through nine? If you used a number to begin a sentence, did you spell it out? 11. Additional editing steps for non‐native English speakers and students with serious writing difficulties If your proficiency in English is not at a high level, have you asked a proofreader for assistance? Have you checked the entire paper for proper article (a, an, the) usage? Have you checked the entire paper for proper use of prepositions, for subject‐ verb agreement, and use of idiomatic expressions? References Galvan, J. (2006). Writing literature reviews: a guide for students of the behavioral sciences (3rd ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing. P. Rivolta, SHSU, 02.09.09 ...
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