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Checklist for a Final Edit ( printable version here ) There are several common mistakes that appear in the papers of college students. As we all know, too many mechanical m When quoting material: Periods and commas go inside the quotation marks. Question marks, exclamation points, dashes, colons and semicolons are set outside the quotation marks (unless the When you are using a long quotation, check your system of documentation ( MLA , Turabian , APA , etc.) for how to de Do not place blocked quotations in quotation marks. The indentation indicates that you are quoting. Make sure you use a consistent method of citing sources, such as footnoting, endnoting, or MLA parenthetical citatio Checking Usage: Check to make sure your nouns and verbs agree in tense and number. Be very careful when using homophones (words that sound alike but mean different things, like accept/except, effec Check the paper for colloquial or slang phrases that will take away from the academic tone of your paper. Also be aw
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Unformatted text preview: Checking Organization: Make sure you follow your thesis throughout your paper, and that your thesis is clearly stated in your introduction. An Check your transitions to make sure that your paragraphs logically flow from one to the other. Check to make sure your paragraphing makes sense. Do not make a new paragraph because the one you are work Finally, try to avoid one-sentence paragraphs. Most paragraphs are at least three sentences long. Some final, general hints: Always use present tense when discussing a work of art. "In Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain employs various local dia Use past tense when discussing events outside the work of art. "When Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn, America Always read your final draft aloud to catch errors you overlook when reading silently. Back to ' Editing a Draft ' Writer's Web | Writing Center | Make an Appointment | Library...
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