If you want to check your writing for errors, keep these tips in mind:
Print it out
Rest your eyes
Read more than once
This is the default of most databases and will return many results.
The database will search for results where the keywords appear in the following fields:
Keyword searching is a good place to start, especially when looking for words or terms to use for Subject Searching, but it also requires careful review to find resources that are most appropriate for your needs.
Items are tagged with precise words before they are entered into databases (this is called controlled vocabulary).
Using Subject Search will not give a lot of results but they are likely to be accurate.
Ask a Librarian for words to use when using Subject Searching.
Combine search words to produce specific search results:
Search for an exact phrase using quotation marks.
Using “student success in college” will search for those exact words in that exact order whereas not using quotes is essentially a keyword search and the database will search for those words in any order and in any combination.
Using quotes will give you less results but they will be more precise.
The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your sources in the body of your work and in your bibliography or reference list. Avoid plagiarism by:
Learn more about avoiding plagiarism:
Revision and Proofreading Step-by-Step
Check your citations
Have I cited all of the sources I used?
Are my paraphrases and summaries in my own words and not copied from the author?
Proofread your writing for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors
Do I have the proper prepositions for my verbs?
Have I used "a," "an," and "the" correctly?
Do my subjects and verbs agree?
Is it clear what each pronoun refers to?
Do I have parallel structure in my sentences?
Are all of my verbs in the appropriate tense?
Do all of my sentences have a subject and a verb?
Do any of my sentences contain more than one independent clause?
Have I used punctuation correctly?
Many people find that when they read their own writing, they miss their errors. Read and Write is a program that can help you spot your own errors and develop your writing skills at the same time.
Read and Write can read your writing aloud to you, which helps many people find errors in their writing. It can also help you identify correctly spelled but misused words and help you develop a vocabulary list, among other things.
The best part is that all computers on NorQuest College's downtown Edmonton campus have Read & Write installed, and all NorQuest students can get a copy to use on their own computer for free!
If you'd like more information, or would like to access your free copy of Read & Write, log in to Moodle for instructions!
Other Online and Desktop Grammar Checkers
Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear. It's like a spellchecker, but for style. It makes sure that your reader will focus on your message, not your prose. There is an online-only version and a paid version for your personal computer.
ProWriting Aid includes a grammar checker but also goes way beyond grammar checking to help you improve the style and clarity of your writing. The editing tool analyzes your text and highlights a variety of key writing issues, such as overused words, sentence structure, punctuation issues, repeated phrases, consistency, dialogue, pacing and readability. It helps you learn as you edit, making you a stronger writer.
WhiteSmoke is a paid software suite for your personal computer. It will check your papers for grammar, spelling, style, and punctuation. Additionally, it includes templates (email and document), an internal translator, and English writing tutorials. This software comes with either a yearly or 3 year subscription and works on a wide variety of platforms and programs.
Slick Write is a free online-only application that makes it easy to check your writing for grammar errors, potential stylistic mistakes, and other features of interest.
Ginger Software Grammar Check will help you correct common mistakes in your paper such as subject-verb agreement, use of singular and plural nouns, misused words, and spelling. Type in a sentence, click "Ginger it!" and see what recommended changes come up. Also available as a Google Chrome extension.
1Checker is an ideal writing enhancement tool set with spelling check, grammar check, style review, vocabulary enrichment, dictionary, translation and more this-is-exactly-what-I-want benefits are all packed in one. Powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies, 1Checker helps you write better English.