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Copy Editing. Creating a Polished Paper. Copy Editing?. Changes to the formatting, style, and accuracy of any written work. Improves the flow of a paper and makes it more cohesive. Cements ideas in place: should be done before handing in final draftt . The Big Three.

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Copy editing

Copy Editing

Creating a Polished Paper


Copy editing1
Copy Editing?

  • Changes to the formatting, style, and accuracy of any written work.

  • Improves the flow of a paper and makes it more cohesive.

  • Cements ideas in place: should be done before handing in final draftt.


The big three
The Big Three

  • Three main principles of copy editing

    • Format: adjusts location of ideas

      • Sentence Level

    • Style: adjusts appearance of ideas

      • Word Level

    • Clarity: adjusts flow of ideas

      • Entire segment


For example
For Example…

  • Original Sentence:

    • That’s unusual coming from a woman writer of this time, which we see when we read Julia of Norwhich and Margery Kempe.

  • Copy Edited Sentence

    • Margery Kempe’soverly passionate novel is typical of fifteenth century women writers. However, Julia of Norwhich’scalm, thoughtful Book of Showings defies such characteristics.


Format adjusts location
Format: Adjusts Location

  • Original Sentence:

    • That’s unusual coming from a woman writer of this time, which we see when we read Julia of Norwhichand Margery Kempe.

  • Copy Edited Sentence

    • Margery Kempe’s overly passionate novel is typical of fifteenth century women writers.However, Julia of Norwhich’s calm, thoughtful Book of Showings defies such characteristics.


Style adjusts apperance
Style: Adjusts Apperance

  • Original Sentence:

    • That’s unusual coming from a woman writer of this time, which we see when we read Julia of Norwhich and Margery Kempe.

  • Copy Edited Sentence

    • Margery Kempe’soverly passionate novel is typical of fifteenth century women writers. However, Julia of Norwhich’scalm, thoughtful Book of Showingsdefies such characteristics.


Clarity adjusts flow
Clarity: Adjusts Flow

  • Original Sentence:

    • That’sunusual coming from a woman writer of this time, |which we see when we read Julia of Norwhich and Margery Kempe.

  • Copy Edited Sentence

    • Margery Kempe’s overly passionate novel is typical of fifteenth century women writers. However, Julia of Norwhich’s calm, thoughtful Book of Showings defies such characteristics.


Where to start
Where to Start

  • Identify one idea

    • Could be point, evidence, or analysis

  • Use Big Three as questions

    • Does the sentence order make sense?

    • Does my word choice make sense?

    • Does the idea flow?


Your turn
Your Turn

  • Copy Edit These Sentences

    • Three weeks into my second year at college, I still remember the most tossed around piece of advice I was given as a new freshman. It came packaged a little differently each time I heard it, but in general I was give to understand that these four years of my college career would be some of the most important of my life.


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