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.

  • Proofreading Before Computers

    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

    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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  • 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

    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

    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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  • Top 5 Tips for ESL Proofreading

    Oct 07, 2017

    • ESL Writing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    As a proofreader, you are almost certain to encounter clients who do not speak English as a first language. This may seem daunting, but never fear! In this post, we have five top tips for working with ESL (English as a second language) clients and documents. 1. Be Clear and Patient in Your Communication The […]

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  • Word Confusion: Biennial vs. Biannual

    Oct 03, 2017

    • Common Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Spelling
    • Vocabulary Tips

    Some similar words are so familiar and so different in meaning that, should a client muddle them up, you will notice them right away. For instance, if an essay refers to Darwin’s theory of revolution, you can safely assume that this is an essay on the Origin of Species, not an examination of Darwin’s opinions […]

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  • The Etymology of ‘Proofreading’

    Sep 28, 2017

    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Vocabulary Tips

    Here at Knowadays we have a poster on the wall (next to the signed pictures of our favourite pedants of stage and screen) that says, ‘You don’t have to know the etymology of “proofreading” to work here, but it helps!’ Our questionable taste in wall décor aside, the term ‘proofreading’ does make more sense when […]

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