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Research Strategies 4: Writing and Creating: Final Draft

Does the Order of Your Paragraphs Make Sense?

Consider your thesis and the argument that you are presenting. Is the current order of your points the most effective? If not, reorder them and refine your message. Ensure that you guide your reader through your message with effective transitions that explain where you are reading. Ask someone to read and review your paper to ensure that your argument is clear.

Your writing will be more interesting if you find your own voice: don't get lost in the sea of your sources. This is your pulpit. State your case as only you can—using your research! Remember, your professor will be looking for evidence of your own thinking and understanding of the topic in your paper.

Creating a Final Draft

When you write your final draft, remember to do the following:

  • Format your paper according to guidelines of the assignment.
  • Include your name, the date, the class, and the title of your paper.
  • Use the same font throughout your paper. Don't let your font choice distract from your message.
  • Add page numbers.
  • Review the paper carefully before you print.

Proofreading Your Paper

Use this as your checklist to make sure you edit all parts of your project.

  • Check the final document for spelling, grammar, punctuation, citation style and assignment requirements.
  • Read your essay out loud to check for mistakes, style, and flow.
  • Begin at the end of your paper and carefully read each word. This will allow you to see things your eye may have skipped over when you read it through from beginning to end. Your brain knows what it should say and will insert that-even if the words are not there.
  • Have someone else read your paper again. This time, ask your most detail-oriented friend to look for errors in spelling and grammar.