This is the final step in the writing process and an extremely important one. If you have an intelligent, persuasive argument, but you have an inordinate number of grammar errors or misspelled words, then your reader will often discount your work. Careful proofreading allows your reader to peruse the paper unhampered. It is both an expectation and a courtesy demanded by the academic discourse community.
At this point in the paper you are reading for obvious errors. It may be helpful to have a classmate, fellow student or a friend read over the paper for these kinds of errors.
*Note that your computer's spell check will not pick up an error in words such as there and their or to and too. You must take responsibility for your paper's appearance.
Finally, you should celebrate. Placing your work in the academic discourse community is an important part of your education, and you should be proud of your efforts.
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