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Writing BattleGround: Revision Checklist

Revision Checklist

Revision Checklist

Assignment
  • Does the draft carry out the assignment?
  • If not, how might the writer better fulfill the assignment?
Introduction
  • Does the introduction orient the reader to the paper?
  • Is the thesis clearly stated?
  • Does it provide a roadmap for the rest of the paper?
Thesis
  • Does the thesis have a topic with a claim made about it?
  • Is the topic too broad or too narrow for the scope of the paper?
  • Can it stand up to the question, "so what?"
Audience
  • Who is the audience?
  • How does the draft interest and appeal to its audience?
  • Is it written at the right level for the intended readers?

Main Points / Body Paragraphs

  • Does each main point have a topic sentence?
  • Does each point support the claim made in the thesis? Should any points be eliminated or de-emphasized?
  • Underline the evidence used to support the point. Do any points need to be developed (supported) more fully? What evidence, examples, details might help?
  • Are sources integrated seamlessly into the paragraph, i.e. is there commentary from the writer about the evidence? Is the source cited?
  • Which paragraphs are clearest? Best developed?
Organization and Flow
  • Is the writing easy to follow?
  • Are the ideas presented in an order that makes sense to the readers?
  • Identify paragraphs / sentences that seem out of place or repetitive.
Transitions
  • Are there effective transitions within sentences, between paragraphs, and from one idea to the next?
  • Are keywords repeated to help readers follow a logical order? Would headings be appropriate?
Conclusion
  • Does it restate or connect back to the thesis?
  • Does it introduce new ideas that belong better in body paragraphs?
  • Does it end in a memorable way, leaving the reader with something to think about, or does it seem to end abruptly or trail off into vagueness?

Content from this section originally by William H. Hannon Library's LibGuide "Writing" at Loyola Marymount University.

Additional Resources

Here are some resources for you to use for proofreading and editing your paper.

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