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The difference between the almost-right word & the right word is really a large matter — it's the difference between the lightning bug & the lightning.

Mark Twain

Editing for content


Is the argument clear and consistent?


Are the connections between the sections clear?


Are your ideas planned and presented in a logical order?


Does the writing have balance?

Editing for organisation and structure


Does each paragraph have one main idea and is it expressed clearly in a topic sentence?


Are all sentences in the paragraph relevant to the main idea?


Is there a set length to a paragraph?


Is there a set length to a sentence?

Editing for expression


Are the sentences complete; do they make sense?


Is punctuation used appropriately?


Did you manually proofread the text to avoid spellcheck autocorrect mistakes?


Do your references conform to departmental guidelines?

Editing for academic style and formatting

Unless you are directed otherwise, it should also be as objective as possible (that is why ‘I’ is generally avoided), and should not use contracted forms, slang and emotionally charged words.

Finally, something that many people probably don’t pay enough attention to; editing the formatting of the document.

Does it look like it is supposed to? Does it require headings?

What is the line spacing requirement? (1.5 line spacing is ‘standard’.) Do you have a heading at the bottom of a page when it should be on the next page? Have you used an appropriate font type and size? If writing a report, do you need to have a Table of Contents – what should be in it?

Make sure you check these things against the assignment brief; they may prove the difference between a H1 and a H2.

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