The writing checklist is a tool for determining whether you have remembered all of the steps in the revision and proofreading process.
Step 1: Assignment Guidelines
Have you met assignment guidelines? Consider:
- Length of paper:
- Number of sources:
- Types of sources:
- Intended Audience:
Step 2: Development and Structure
Have you written strong paragraphs?
- Do you have a specific and relevant opening statement?
- Do you briefly summarize the main points of the paper?
- Do you define key terminology needed to understand the topic of your paper? Do you briefly highlight necessary background information on the topic?
- Do you have a thesis or purpose statement?
- Do you include a topic sentence that summarizes the main point of the paragraph?
- Do you have evidence that supports your topic sentence and links to your overall argument?
- Do you analyze your evidence and discuss how it links to your main argument? Do you account for counter-arguments or contrary evidence if it exists?
- Do you include appropriate transition words, phrases, or sentences between main points?
- Do you explain relevant terms and concepts to your audience?
- Does the last sentence conclude the paragraph?
- Do you return to your main argument without restating it?
- Do you avoid the inclusion of new arguments and evidence? Do you explain the impact or significance of your work?
Step 3: Sentence Structure
Have you checked for these common mistakes?
- Awkward constructions
- Comma splices
- Dangling/misplaced modifiers
- Sentence fragments
- Run-together/run-on sentences
- Faulty parallelism
Step 4: Mechanics
Have you used the following correctly?
- Plural marker “s”
- Possessives Prepositions Pronouns
- Subject-verb agreement
- Canadian spellings
- Accurate word choice Correct capitalization
- Commas Colons Semi-colons Dashes Hyphens
- End punctuation Slashes Quotation marks
Step 5: Academic Integrity
- Have you used quotations correctly?
- Is your punctuation correct?
- Have you avoided starting a sentence with a quotation?
- For integrated quotations (i.e. quotations not following a colon), have you changed verb tenses and plurals, as needed, and indicated changes using square brackets?
- If you have altered or removed a section of the original text, have you indicated these changes according to your style guide?
- Have yu paraphrased infrmation accurately but withut cpying the riginal? Have yu included in-text citatins frmatted accrding t yur style guide?
- Have yu included a reference list (bibligraphy r wrks cited) that adheres t your style guide?