5. Polishing the Paper

Review the comments from your reviewer before beginning the final revision.

Final Revision Tips:

  • Delete sentences and phrases that do not contribute to your main idea.
  • Change “to be” verbs (is, are, was) to active verbs.
  • Make sure verb tense is parallel throughout the paper; present tense is the norm.
  • Avoid colloquial words and phrases.
  • Avoid contractions (don’t, isn’t).
  • Insure paragraphs have effective transitions.
  • Double-check citations.
  • Check for errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling.

Prior: 4. Revising The Draft

Next: 6. Citing Your Sources

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