After you have corrected mistakes, reviewed quotations and references, and fixed grammar and punctuation, put the paper aside for a few hours or overnight; then proofread it again. This is your last chance to correct errors you may have missed. Remember, every error detracts from your credibility.
- Find a quiet place to work with few distractions.
- Decide if you are more comfortable proofreading on paper or on screen.
- Watch for homonyms that spell check doesn’t catch, like and there/their/they’re and site/cite/sight.
- Check for mistakes you tend to make – review your teacher’s notes from previous writing assignments.
- If possible, do your proofreading in several short blocks of time, so your concentration doesn’t wane.
- Ask someone else to proofread your paper. A fresh set of eyes may catch things you’ve missed.