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May 07, 2013

Proofreading: It's a Client Thing--Not Optional.

Proofreading [like cite-checking] is not an innate ability; it is an acquired skill.

High-tech never meant no-class. Even in world-weary but more rustic venues around the world like, say, Palizzi, Italy, Yell County, Arkansas, and apparently southern Manhattan--three places where it's still considered pretentious to wear socks in municipal courts--proofreading is still in vogue and essential. A website at Virginia Tech catches the basics. Our favorite: "Read what is actually on the page, not what you think is there."

1. Cultivate a healthy sense of doubt. If there are types of errors you know you tend to make, double check for those.

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Associate lawyers in American law firm getting their Learn Thing on.

2. Read very slowly. If possible, read out loud. Read one word at a time.

3. Read what is actually on the page, not what you think is there. (This is the most difficult sub-skill to acquire, particularly if you wrote what you are reading.)

4. Proofread more than once. If possible, work with someone else.

Posted by Holden Oliver (Kitzb├╝hel Desk) at May 7, 2013 11:59 PM

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