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  • Read from the End to the Beginning
    Sentences Consider Words Check Grammatical Details Don t Forget Punctuation and Spelling Try a Sample Proofreading Strategies Start with Problem Areas Read from the End to the Beginning Look Just for Typos A Proofreading Checklist Final Advice Try a Sample Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Editing and Proofreading Strategies Read from the End to the Beginning T he final product you share should not distract readers with any errors A good way to proofread for spelling is to read from right to left from the bottom to the top of the page If you read only from the beginning to the end of the paper you may overlook typos Also as you discover spelling errors keep track of those You can keep a list of common misspellings taped to the front inside cover of your dictionary so that you don t have to look up the same words over and over Or you can tape short lists of words to several books you carry with you during the day Just by glancing at the list from time to time you can learn to spell the words correctly Previous Continue Introduction Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS

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  • Look Just for Typos
    Guide Contributors Citation Editing and Proofreading Strategies Look Just for Typos E ven after you go through this sequence of steps don t forget to proofread once more for typos and spelling errors As good as today s word processing programs are in highlighting potential problems in spelling and wording this software can t catch certain kinds of errors such as commonly confused words like affect and effect That error

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  • A Proofreading Checklist
    a paper several times never just after you finish typing or writing Here s a short list of steps to go through to be sure you ve proofread your final draft thoroughly Proofread one sentence at a time again from the end of the paper to the beginning Look especially for sentence punctuation and any errors you know you often make By looking at each sentence because it will be out of context you ll see more of the punctuation errors and missing words than you catch by reading from the beginning to the end of the paper Proofread once more looking for problems you know of in your writing Always make one special reading just for your common flaws and errors Read the paper aloud Sometimes because you have to read more slowly to read aloud you ll hear problems that you otherwise miss as you read the paper silently Pay special attention to the sound of words check for endings and of sentences check for choppy sentences that should be combined and for sentence fragments Proofread slowly reading each word from right to left and from bottom to top on the page in other words read backwards so

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  • Try a Sample
    it into a word processor and then proofread it as carefully as you can First look for sentence punctuation errors fragments comma splices Then check to see if you can spot any of the errors you know you make in your own writing Finally proofread one last time for spelling To enhance my ego I tell little white lies to my friends I am the best football player in town is an example of a little white lie I tell I tell this lie to my friends so they will think I play football well It does not matter that the last time I played football I fumbled the ball six times threw three interceptions and scored a touchdown for the opposing team If a little white lie is available and my friends will believe it I will use a little white lie to avoid embarrasment and to inflate my ego When a friend ask me how my date with Marcia was I certainly will not tell him the truth that she dropped me flat for some football player I will tell a little white lie to inflate my ego and say Marcia and I had a great time together

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  • Writing for the Web
    resources is designed to support and help writers who want to design and code Web sites as well as understand how to write effective and interesting content for them Writing for the Web Category Writing for Electrical Engineering Show Descriptions Writing Guides Electrical Engineering Lab Reports Engineering Proposals Engineering Technical Reports Project Notebooks Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS SITE CONTACT Writing CSU is an open access educational Web site

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  • Project Notebooks
    Lab Reports Project Notebooks P roject notebooks record your experiments and include information about the procedures you followed and your findings as well as the successes and failures during an experiment itself Notebooks also help you remember an experiment s details If several weeks or months have passed since you actually completed an experiment reading your entries from that time as you write your report will help you remember the

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  • Audience
    to fill in the report s blanks or that they know anything about the actual lab Check with your instructor to know who your audience is To help you describe your lab thoroughly assume you re writing for a peer in your class a student who knows what the instruments are but who doesn t know any of the details of what you re doing Or assume you re writing

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  • Types of Lab Reports
    Another type of lab report is a project report A project report is similar to a lab report in that they both present data However the difference between the two is often the amount of information conveyed Project reports usually document more than results Always check with your instructor to know what type of report you are required to write and what information you should include Lab Reports L ab reports typically cover a more narrow scope than project reports For example you may be asked to report only the answers to equations or a specific experiment s results Lab reports like their name report work completed in a laboratory The format of a lab report may be as simple as filling in blank lines on a worksheet or as complex as writing a full report with an abstract procedures section results section summaries and conclusions Lab reports usually don t include references however as a student you may refer to information from your textbook and lectures for some reports Project Reports P roject reports typically cover a broader scope than lab reports In other words this type of report presents a wider understanding of a specific topic For example

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