Time to Write

It’s now your turn to complete revision and editing for your research paper. Be sure to work on revision first, as you may make significant changes to your content. There is no point editing work that will be cut later or changed significantly.

There are a variety of revision strategies you can use. Reading your work out loud can help. Having others provide you with feedback during the peer review process can also be helpful during the revision process. The important thing to remember is that revision is about re-seeing your work and addressing issues related to content and organization.

A post draft outline is a great way to help you re-see your work as you revise. The Revision Strategies page from the Argument & Critical Thinking area of the Excelsior OWL features a Prezi with detailed instructions on creating a post-draft outline.

When it’s time to edit, remember to make several editing passes and take advantage of the editing strategies provided in this section. Remember that grammar checkers are helpful, but they shouldn’t be trusted blindly. Good editing takes time and is hard work!

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