Finishing touches

student finished writing

Your first attempt at writing the assignment – known as the first draft – is unlikely to represent the finished product. You will need to go back and edit your writing, checking for aspects such as coherence of argument(s), structure, signposting and use of academic but accessible language.

According to our Writing Essays study guide:

Editing is important, but it does not need to be difficult. You’ve done most of the hard work already in the reading, evaluating, and writing. Also, criticising your writing tends to be easier than creating it in the first place.

You will also need to proofread your writing in relation to spelling and grammar, and ensure that you have referenced your sources correctly. The resources below provide advice and guidance within these areas.

The art of editing study guide
Questions to ask when editing study guide
Grammar guides grammar-related resources
Referencing and bibliographies study guide
The Harvard referencing manual online-based resource
The Vancouver referencing manual online-based resource
Referencing help from the library link


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