Seven Tips For Putting The Finishing Touches On Your Final Papers

Proofreading its error

You’ve written a paper that you think is good, but there are a few things you may want to do before handing it in to make sure you’re submitting your best work:

  1. Make an appointment with the CWAA. If you haven’t already, get some peer support.
  1. Recheck the assignment. Have you done all the things that were outlined in the assignment? It’s easy to make avoidable mistakes if you’ve read the assignment too quickly. Your professor may have specified citation style, font, length, number of sources, etc.  Make sure you have followed these guidelines.
  1. Try Grammarly. Grammarly is a powerful but easy-to-use writing app that finds and corrects hundreds of complex writing errors, including grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style. While Grammarly is not going to find all your errors, it can be a nice second set of eyes which may see some of the errors that you do not.
  1. Make sure you have cited the information you used throughout your paper. For more information, choose the citation guide your professor requires from our list ofcitation guides.  Of course, it is best to add your citations while you are writing, but there is no time like the present to check if you have missed anything.  Look for quotations or paraphrases that you have not cited, and make sure you use the style your professor prefers.
  1. Create your bibliography. Again, find the style that your professor requires or suggests.  Look at our style guides to help you properly format your citations. If you have used a citation tool like the tools available from EBSCO, Google Scholar or RefWorks, make sure you are proofreading them all.  We suggest avoiding tools like EasyBib, which often produce less accurate citations than the tools listed above; if you have used EasyBib, again be sure to proofread your work.
  1. Proofread! Make sure that your paper makes sense, and it is properly punctuated.
  1. Final finishing touches: Did you give your paper an appropriate title? Include your name, check your margins, and make sure your paper is in one consistent font. An inconsistent font may make your professor think that you cut and pasted your paper together.