I have just finished writing my thesis and would like to learn more about proof reading techniques. Is there any book that is recommended to begin proof-reading? I would like to learn it a systematic way, thanks.


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I'm reminded of the method banks use to train tellers to recognize counterfeits. They only handle real money. Lots of real money. The way I learned to proofread, was to diagram sentences, while reading my high-school grammar text, and reading Larry Niven, and other detail obsessed authors. So when my classmates work crossed my pencil, I asked 'Is this what a pro would do? why not?'

Learn grammar systemically, proofreading is just paying attention to details, and practice.

  • Point taken. That leads me into another bigger problem. Is there any solid book that I should start for learning good grammar?
    – drhanlau
    Dec 2, 2013 at 5:08
  • The textbook we used was "Handbook of grammar and Composition". I can't remember who published it, my copy is in storage.
    – hildred
    Dec 2, 2013 at 5:18

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