Do-It-Yourself Editing Tips

  • One way of spotting errors that are easy to overlook is to read your document aloud to yourself or have someone else read your document aloud to you.
  • It may be helpful to have one or more friends or colleagues proofread your work.
  • Some students exchange documents and provide each other with valuable feedback, especially for seeing through the eyes of a reader unfamiliar with your topic, if that’s your intended audience.
  • Re-reading your document after a week or more has passed can give you a fresh perspective.
  • It may be helpful to review an APA checklist as a way to review compliance with basic APA guidelines without having to absorb the entire APA manual. This downloadable  APA Edit Checklist has a table of contents to help you quickly find the most-used rules.