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Difference Between Editing and Proofreading

Editing and proofreading are both very important tasks when it comes to checking your writing. In this article, we’ll discuss the difference between editing and proofreading.

Editing is the first thing you do after finishing your first draft. The purpose is to make sure your paper is organized, easy to understand and more sufficient for your audience.

First, your paper should be well-organized. How your paper should be organized really depends on what type of paper it is. You need to start with a thesis that is clearly defined. Then, you need to make sure that all the subtopics and supporting evidence presented in the paper relate back to the thesis. Here are some questions to look at in regards to the organization of your paper:

  1. Does each paragraph in the body of the paper have just one idea or topic?

  2. Is there ample support for each of the points in your paper?

  3. Does the argument in your paper progress logically, or does it stall?

  4. Are there transitions between paragraphs that are logical and used correctly?

  5. Is there a clear introduction paragraph, clear body paragraphs, and a clear concluding paragraph?

  6. Does the introduction have an attention-grabbing statement?

  7. Are the ideas in the three body paragraphs connected to each other?

  8. Is there a logical flow from the beginning of the paper to the end?

You also need to edit your paper to make it easy to understand. Your audience needs to be able to understand what you are conveying in your paper.

The following are tips that you can follow during the editing process to make your paper easy to understand.

  1. You need to have a topic that is clear and interesting.

  2. There is no need for long, complex sentences with extra clauses in your paper. It is best to have shorter sentences.

  3. Do not use unnecessary words that may cause confusion.

  4. The language in your paper needs to be accessible to your audience.

  5. Be careful about using jargon and terminology that your audience may not know.

  6. There is no need for your paper to have extra information that has nothing to do with the thesis.

  7. Your transitional sentences need to be straightforward. The audience needs to know what to expect as they are reading your paper.

  8. The introduction should have a general outline of what will be discussed in the paper. Your audience should be able to take your thesis and use that a guideline as they progress through your paper.

  9. Do not introduce new topics in your concluding paragraph.

You also need to consider your audience when you are writing your paper. When you know who your intended audience is, you’ll know how to present your thesis in your paper in a way that they can understand. Then, when you are editing, you need to keep your audience in mind as you check the organization and understandability of your paper.

Once you are done editing, it’s time to proofread. Proofreading is less complex than editing. When proofreading, the point is to correct errors in grammar, syntax, spelling, formatting, word usage and punctuation. One major difference between editing and proofreading is that editing can be done over several drafts, while proofreading is only done on the final draft before submission. We go further into proofreading in these articles: “What is Proofreading” and “Proofreading Checklist”. But here are some main points that you should keep in mind.

  1. You need to make sure the formatting of your paper conforms to the requirements of the assignment.

  2. You should read your paper backward to catch misspellings, along with using the spell checker in your word processor.

  3. Reading your paper out loud can help you catch most errors in grammar, spelling, and syntax.

So, what is the difference between proofreading and editing? Well, proofreading mainly focuses on errors in formatting, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax. Editing, on the other hand, focus on the organization and content of a paper. Both editing and proofreading are vital parts of the writing process.

If you need further help with editing and/or proofreading your paper, you can also count on Prescott Papers. We hire expert U.S. based editors and proofreaders who can look over your document to make sure it is organized, understandable, and mistake-free.

Here are some other reasons to pay Prescott Papers for our editing and proofreading services:

  1. Any work you give us to look edit or proofread will never be kept in a database. Any information that you give us, as well as your use of our services, is kept completely confidential.

  2. We have fast and reliable support via phone and email. Just call or email us at any time to ask for help with ordering, or to check the status of your order.

  3. We are flexible if you need your paper edited or proofread within a certain period of time.

  4. We perform quality checks on papers that are worked on by our editors and proofreaders.

When it comes to having your paper edited and proofread, you want to be sure that your paper is looked at by someone who pays close attention to detail. The editors and proofreaders are Prescott Papers do miss mistakes. That is why our editing and proofreading services are worth the money.

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