Proofing Tips
The Basics:
 Don’t rely on your computer spellchecker. It can help, but it
 won’t catch many common errors.
 Proof from the paper, not the computer screen.
 Read out loud, it will help you catch missing words and incorrect  sentence structure.
 If you’re the writer, proof yourself but also plan to have a second  proofreader. It’s hard to catch your own mistakes.
 Some people like to proof backwards. (This can be particularly    
 helpful if you are proofing copy that doesn’t particularly
 interest you!)
 Buy yourself a good stylebook and keep it in your desk drawer.
 I recommend the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual.


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