Research Paper Editing
Concerning overall organization, ask yourself the following questions how many specific points did I make about my subject did I overlap or repeat any points did I leave any points out or add some that aren’t relevant to the main idea how many paragraphs did I use to talk about each point why did I talk about them in this order should the order be changed how did I get from one point to the next what signposts did I give the reader after you’ve done your best to correct the overall structure of your paper. Make the same thing for each individual paragraph.
You can improve paragraphs by one adjusting the topic sentence to adding/deleting substituting or rearranging supporting details. 3 improving transitions for clarity or for reorganizing sentences to change where the emphasis lies think back to our previous lesson on paragraphing and make sure each sentence is somehow related to the others delete any material that isn’t for every paragraph ask yourself these questions what job is this paragraph supposed to do how does it relate to the paragraph before and after it what’s the topic idea will my reader have trouble finding it.
How many sentences did it take to develop the topic idea can I substitute better examples reasons or details how well does the paragraph hold together how many levels of generality does it have are the sentences different lengths and types do I need transitions when I read the paragraph out loud does it flow smoothly finally work on correcting any sentence problems that you may come across first check to make sure each sentence can be considered a complete sentence oftentimes inexperienced writers may accidentally write sentence fragments run-ons or comma splices that might not be caught without a rereading at this point you can also go ahead and check for sentence variety if every sentence is written in the same way you might bore your reader writing that uses sentence variety is likely to come off.
As more professional and your reader will know that you worked hard and spent time organizing your writing in the clearest way possible instead of just quickly jotting down your ideas at the last minute as you’re doing this go ahead and check for repetition as well you don’t want to use the same words over and over again or it will look like you didn’t put any effort into your writing consider using a thesaurus is necessary right clicking on a word in Microsoft Word gives you the option of finding synonyms for it which makes this step rather easy another method to consider is cutting out the lard a term that scholar Richard Linn uses to refer to extra words and phrases that are unnecessary and may obscure the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph.