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How do I proofread my work?

“There’s an old saying that you can’t proofread your own work, meaning that you know your work so well that you can’t see what is actually there because you know what should be there. You have to proofread it yourself, of course, because ultimately the final text is your responsibility, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask one or two other people to proofread it, too. They need to be good at proofreading. Not just anyone. The traditional proofreading task was to check the typeset material against the original copy. With modern technology, however, proofreading is more varied. If the material has been scanned, for instance, you may be looking for recognition errors rather than typing errors.”