Proofreading is the reading of a proof and/or an electronic copy. It involves looking at documents with a view to correcting errors. Proofreaders are expected to be consistently accurate by default because they occupy the last stage of typographic production before publication. With this in mind, it is important to ensure that the Proofreader is suitably qualified to do the job. Proofreading is the art of ensuring that a document is written well. To do so, it must be free from grammatical and syntactical errors.
Getting it right
Getting documents correct is a major concern for people in education, publishing and business. In our modern society, the need for proofreading is even greater than it has been in the past. Technology and media make information readily available to everyone. The result is that more and more people need access to correctly formatted information. Proofreading is especially important for anyone at University. Many Universities are vigilant when it comes to marking. So please make sure your work is up to standard.
So what techniques can be used? There are many different techniques that can be used to help you proofread as listed below. But the best option is to hire a professional.
- Working from a printout and not a computer screen.
- Reading out loud. This can help you work out whether the text sounds right or not.
- 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 and replace functions of the computer to find mistakes you’re likely to make.
- If you tend to make many mistakes, check separately for each kind of error…
- End with a spelling check. Make sure the computer is set to UK English.
- But remember that a spell checker won’t catch mistakes with homonyms (e.g., “they’re,” “their,” “there”) and unusual words
If you need some proofreading, then please contact me…