Research Paper Editing Part 2
Here’s an example from his book revising prose original I think that all I can usefully say on this point is that in the normal course of their professional activities social anthropologists are usually concerned with the third of these alternatives while the other two levels are treated as raw data for analysis and here’s the revision social anthropologists usually concentrate on the third alternative treating the other two as raw data this one is 15 words and stead of 44 giving it a large factor of 66% ask these questions of every sentence which sentences in my research paper do I like the most the least can my readers.
See what I’m saying does the sentence contain lard that needs to be cut out can I combine these sentences with another one. Can I add adjectives and adverbs or find a more lively verb? By now you have completed several different cycles of revision each with a separate reading of your draft first you read it to evaluate your overall message and the relationships established among the reader writer and subject next you read to test the overall organization of your research paper and another reading you examine paragraph structure and another sentence construction and diction the final step is to clean up the surface features such as punctuation mechanics and spelling though most of you have a pretty firm grasp on these concepts. Some of you might benefit from a trip to the Writing Center you can also try reading your paper backwards to spot the more obvious mistakes such as spelling errors.
Ask yourself the following questions after you edit research paper: Did I check spelling and punctuation what kinds of words do I usually misspell what kind of punctuation problems do I usually have how does my paper end did I keep the promises I made to the reader at the beginning of the paper when I read the assignment again did I miss anything what do I like best about this paper and how can I improve my next paper this week your main task will be to revise and edit your papers.
I hope to see some significant revisions in your final drafts which is due by the end of the week at this point you will have practiced all of the steps of the writing process for this essay including prewriting outlining drafting revising and editing though we won’t spend as much time on each of these steps on future essays you should make sure to continue following these guidelines on your own now that you’ve got a better understanding of the writing process though you’re welcome to use the whatever board to work your classmates on reviews I hope that your confidence in your writing is starting to rise at this point get ready to celebrate the completion of your first essay and have a great week.