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Proofreading and Word Choices

Before you print your paper, you should ALWAYS proofread your work. Use Purdue's Online Writing Lab resource to find out how to find and fix common errors. 

Microsoft's Spelling and Grammar check is a very useful tool.  If you see   green (grammar) or red (spelling) wavy lines under a word, stop and fix the error.  Be aware, though, that not all grammar errors highlighted.  You need to PROOFREAD to make sure your writing makes sense.  

Spelling and Grammar Check is another good resource provided by the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Here are two Exercises to see how well you proofread and correct errors (Glencoe Online).

Using a THESAURUS (list of synonyms and sometimes antonyms) can help improve your writing.  Many word processing applications have a Thesaurus tool. Remember to proofread  to make sure the changed word is used properly. "It was an experience" (a happening) is not the same as "it was an skill" (knowledge).   In this case both the grammar and definition is incorrect. 

Word Choices may help you with revising your paper for word use and clarity. (Writing Center, UNC).

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