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Do you know basic comma rules, how to use a semi-colon, or when to use who or whom? You might have an excellent sense of what things should look like or sound like, especially if you’re an avid reader, but if you don’t know basic grammar and punctuation rules, proofreading might be guesswork, at best, with doubtful results, at worst. Why not make your life easier and your writing better? Take some time to learn basic rules from some online resources I consult when I need help:
P.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, proofreaders had an average hourly wage of $17.78 (May 2014) in the United States.
Over time, these tips will transform your proofreading efforts. No, they won’t make you perfect. They haven’t made me flawless; I miss an occasional MahSteaK, but practicing them will certainly make you better prepared!!
The Writer's Handbook from the University of Wisconsin
Proofreading means examining your text carefully to find and correct typographical errors and mistakes in grammar, style, and spelling. Here are some tips.
10 ways to become a better proofreader by Publication Coach
Proofreading is a specialized job requiring someone with talent and training. Pay particular attention to names (people, books, movies, songs), addresses, titles and dates. Be aware the single most common mistake is to mismatch days with dates.
Proofreading TIps by Grammar Girl
Today's topic is proofreading. Always proofread a printed version of your work.
Become a Better Proofreader By Distancing Yourself from the Text
Fair or not, you are judged by how well you write. Whether it's a teacher grading an assignment, a potential employer reviewing your résumé, or a grammar Nazi reading your blog post, you lose points with your audience for every mistake you make. Spell check is a good first line of defense, but it can't catch everything.
Top 10 Proofreading Tips
Double-check facts, figures, and proper names...