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April 23, 2012 6:02 PM Subscribe
How do I proofread my own work more thoroughly?
posted by pantarei70 to Education (29 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I'm at a point in my academic life where I'm turning in a lot of WORDS to my adviser and other members of my dissertation committee. This is some qualifying/comps type stuff and drafts of what I hope will be my dissertation proposal. I'm a pretty decent writer, but I am abysmal at seeing my own small grammar mistakes and typos that Word doesn't catch.
These are informal/quick-turnaround things that don't really merit another set of eyeballs for proofing (and honestly, everyone I could ask is just as busy as I am). But I'm awfully frustrated at the level of sloppiness in my work right now. Are there any handy tricks that can help me see these things better? Is a print copy better than onscreen? Reading it aloud? I've heard of a few tips, but wondered if the Metafilter hive had any good ideas. Many thanks!