Editing

Many writers and instructors of writing disagree about the nature of editing and how it fits into the writing process. Some believe that editing involves a "search and destroy" approach to eliminating error. Others argue that editing and revising are intertwined in a mission to improve a writer's message on several levels, be that conceptual, organizational or mechanical. On this page, we have established links to help writers with various approaches and questions to consider as they seek to improve their writing or to become more self-reflective or self-critical of their own prose. Please advise us if you have suggestions for improving or adding to our links.

The Editing Process (Paradigm's OWL)
Proofreading Your Writing (Purdue's OWL)
Editing and Proofreading (Writer's Place)
Using APA Style
Using MLA Style
Using CBE or CSE Style (for Biology courses and lab reports)
Common Errors in English (Paul Brians-WSU)
Online Dictionary (Dictionary.com)
Citation – APA, CBE, CMS, IEEE, MLA, NLM, and an online style guide from the American Library Association that deals with unusual citation issues

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