Academic essay writing checklist Date published December 2, 2014 by Date updated: January 15, 2015
Here’s a checklist of all of the things you should check for when reviewing your polished
I’ve followed all instructions in the assignment sheet. Assignment sheet I’ve followed all formatting guidelines (page numbers added, identifying information included, spacing is right, font is uniform, etc.). At the end of the paper I have a carefully formatted reference list, which conforms the appropriate style manual’s guidelines (e.g. APA Style). APA Style reference list I have given an appropriately formatted in-text citation for every piece of information I got from another source. APA Style citation in the text I’ve addressed any feedback given from my professor or supervisor. My paper has an interesting and informative title. I have an interesting introduction giving a sense of what my topic is, why it’s important, and how I will discuss it. Effective introductions I have in my introduction a good thesis that takes the form of a declarative statement. Thesis statement In my thesis, or after my thesis, all of the key sub-arguments or claims are briefly pointed out or outlined. Near the beginning of each paragraph I’ve used a good topic sentence. Topic sentence Every paragraph is unified to convey one specific idea. Paragraph structure The relationship between each paragraph and the preceding paragraph or section is made clear by a good transition , in or before the topic sentence. Transitions The relationship between each paragraph and the thesis of the essay is clear. No paragraph is unreasonably short or long. The relationship between each sentence and the preceding sentence is made clear, either by continuity in the topic matter or an appropriate transitional word or phrase. I have a conclusion that does not present any crucial argumentative support to the thesis, does not merely repeat the information given in the introduction, and does not leave the reader unsatisfied or confused. Conclusion I’ve revised the document carefully, keeping in mind both global concerns and fine-grained details. Revision process
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