Editing Resources


How NOT To Write a Research Paper
 - by Susan M. Lewis, M.Ed.

​Thinking about writing a research paper is daunting.
Actually writing a research paper is overwhelming.
Proofreading  a research paper  is usually nonexistent.

So, you think you are ready to get your research paper assignment out of your hands and into the hands of your teacher. You’ve done all of your research, reviewed all of your facts, have a good bibliography, and formatted your paper according to your teacher’s specifications.
But have you checked your writing?

Good writing is something you develop; it doesn’t just show up when you think you need it, you have to work at it all of the time. Think about your favorite book. Do you think the author sat down one day, typed up this amazing story and sent it off to be published? Hardly. The story you read has gone through many, many, many revisions, redirections, and revamps before it even sees the light of day.

So how is it that those of us who don’t write for a profession think we can spit out a polished piece in one sitting? Easy, most people don’t like to write, and those who do like to write often don’t like to edit. So we try to get it over as quickly and painlessly as possible. (Did we meet our word quota and does it fill the page? Great! Good to go!)

Even author Dorothy Parker once said, “I hate writing, I love having written.” 

However, editing is a necessary evil.

If you’re working on your paper, finished your paper, or even if you haven’t started, you may want to peruse the list below and click on the links to see if any (or all) of the faux pas pertain to your writing.

May These Source(s) be With You. 

General Help

Steps for Revising your Work (From Perdue OWL)

Word Usage

Common Student Writing Problems (From Teacher Paul Hensel) 
Commonly Confused Words (Towson University)
Active/Passive Voice (Towson University)
Examples of Ambiguity (From SoftSchools)
Definitions and examples of Ambiguity (From Literary Devices) 
Use of Punctuation

Punctuation (from Jack Lynch's Grammar and Style Guide)
Comma Usage (from Jack Lynch's Grammar and Style Guide)
Using Commas (from the Purdue OWL)
Enclosing parenthetic expressions between commas (from Strunk's The Elements of Style)
Place a comma before and or but when introducing an independent clause (from Strunk's The Elements of Style)
Do not join independent clauses by a comma (from Strunk's The Elements of Style)
The Apostrophe (from the Purdue OWL)
Apostrophes (from Jack Lynch's Grammar and Style Guide)
Quotation marks
Using Quotation Marks (From Perdue OWL)
Quotation Marks (From GrammarBook)
Quotation Marks (From Capital Community College)
Subject- Verb Agreement
Subject-Verb Agreement (From Jack Lynch's Grammar and Style Guide)
Subject Verb Agreement (From Grammar Book)
Subject Verb Agreement following specific words (From The University of Wisconsin)
Self-Teaching Unit: Subject-Verb Agreement (From Towson University)

Sentence Structure
Dependent and Independent Clauses (from Jack Lynch's Grammar and Style Guide)
Sentence Structure (from the Purdue OWL)
Run-ons, Comma Spices, and Fragments Practice Exercise (From GrammarFlip)
Run-on sentences & Sentence Fragments  (From Walden University)

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