Proofreading and Editing Tips

Whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned proofreader or editor, there’s always something new to learn. That’s where our blogs come in. They’re packed with expert views, hints and hacks on everything from grammatical curiosities to formatting shortcuts and can’t-live-without tools.

  • Ghosts of Typing Conventions Past

    Ghosts of Typing Conventions Past

    Dec 25, 2017

    • Common Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation

    Chapter 1: Common Misconceptions It was Christmas Eve and Mr Scrivener Drudge, a wicked old miser who bore no similarity to anyone that would raise copyright issues, sat gloomily at the computer in his office. His nephew had bought it for him last Christmas after, in a fit of rage, Drudge threw his typewriter at […]

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  • Citing Chapters of Edited Books in Harvard and APA

    Citing Chapters of Edited Books in Harvard and APA

    Dec 19, 2017

    • Academic Editing
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    The Becoming A Proofreader course has an academic referencing module that tells you how books, journal articles and websites should be cited in the Harvard, APA, MLA, Chicago and IEEE styles. But it would take a hefty book to cover all possible sources and referencing styles. So every now and then our blog will focus […]

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Right-to-Left Text Issues

  • Our Proofreading Christmas List

    Dec 05, 2017

    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Here at Proofreading Academy, we’re not tempted by the latest must-have gadgets, but we always get the latest version of Microsoft Word. We don’t crave luxury beauty products, either, but we do want every document we work on to look good. If we could ask Santa for a gift this Christmas, then, it would be […]

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  • To Change or Not to Change? When to Edit a Document

    Nov 28, 2017

    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    That, as one famously poor speller might put it, is the question. One challenging part of being a proofreader is knowing when to make changes and when to leave well alone. It’s a delicate balance, and it requires more than a set of rules. More than anything, it requires common sense and good judgement. However, […]

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  • Proofreading Before Computers

    Nov 21, 2017

    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Proofreading dates back to the early days of printing: a contract from 1499 even mentions it, saying that the responsibility for proofreading lies with the author. But it may interest technology fans to know that Microsoft Word was not around in the fifteenth century. And proofreading before computers was, necessarily, very different. As such, to […]

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  • Word Choice: Historical vs. Historic

    Nov 14, 2017

    • Common Errors
    • Spelling
    • Vocabulary Tips

    The invention of the computer was a historic event. Without it we would still be scribbling in the margins of galley proofs, unaided by word-processing software. The invention of the computer was also a historical event, hence our use of the past tense. Yet not every historical event is historic, and not every historic event […]

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  • Hyphens, En Dashes and Em Dashes

    Nov 07, 2017

    • Common Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation

    As the supermarkets begin to stock their shelves with exploding hat-and-joke containers, stuffing-flavour crisps and puddings nobody likes, Michael Bublé comes out of his long hibernation. Listen. He is warming up his voice. ‘A kiss is just a kiss,’ he sings. ‘A sigh is just a sigh.’ But is a dash just a dash? Is […]

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  • Top 5 Grammar Myths

    Oct 25, 2017

    • Common Errors
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    There comes a time in every proofreader’s life when they’re faced with the unsettling fact that some of the ‘rules’ they have always used are either misleading or downright wrong. This can be a hard pill to swallow, but it’s better to get it over and done with. So grab a cup of strong, sweet […]

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  • Windows vs. Mac

    Windows vs. Mac

    Oct 20, 2017

    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    So which is better, Windows or Mac? Fight! Sadly, we can’t make our computers to engage in an epic battle to the death to prove once and for all that Windows machines are better. Therefore, we can’t tell you which kind of computer to use for proofreading. Ultimately, either is fine because both support Microsoft […]

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  • A Brief Guide to Vancouver Referencing

    A Brief Guide to Vancouver Referencing

    Oct 16, 2017

    • Academic Editing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    It’s happened to us all. A client wants you to proofread their essay or journal article, but you are unfamiliar with the referencing system! Suddenly everything is called into question. Imposter syndrome kicks in. You wonder, can you presume to do this with only Google to guide you? What if the information there is unreliable? […]

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