Leeds University Library

Proofreading your own work

Revise, edit and proofread your work

Writing is an iterative process and it is unlikely that your first draft will be perfect. It is important therefore that you leave time to edit, revise and proofread your own work.
  • Revise, edit & proofread (PDF)
    Three mind maps showing how revising, editing and proofreading your work involves different skills and techniques
  • Drafting and fine tuning (activity)
    Three short demonstration videos taking you through the process of editing your work
  • The art of editing
    Advice on editing longer pieces of work, such as dissertations and theses from the University of Leicester
  • Academic Phrasebank
    Examples of phrases you can use in various areas of your academic writing from University of Manchester.

Spelling, grammar and punctuation

There are books about grammar available in the Skills Collection on Level 1 of the Laidlaw Library.

You will find some useful information about grammar in the VLE under 'The Language Centre', at the bottom of the screen after you have logged in. Then follow the link to 'Language learning materials > English language > Academic English > Grammar 1 and Grammar 2.

There is more information about grammar and spelling on the Bradford University Academic Skills and University of Reading websites.