Judy offers advice on how to effectively proofread a technical report to find mechanical errors or problems with research and data. Learn how to determine the correct usage of words and the proper use of pronouns. This video explores techniques for spotting missing words or letters. It also demonstrates how to check for complete sentences and proper subject-verb agreement, along with the use of active and passive voice.
- [Instructor] Next, proofread.…Proofread, didn't you just spend hours revising?…I hope so, but let's do one final proofreading.…Why, because you want to show your reader…that you focus on attention detail in every aspect…of a technical report.…Fair or not, if your readers find mechanical mistakes…they may think that you are lax in other areas,…in those facts and statistics you presented…and how you collected your research,…or how you conducted the experiment,…even in how you analyzed your data.…
We have help with this step, certainly no guarantees,…but spelling and grammar checkers are valuable resources.…Also, my Grammar Fundamentals course delves into…the basics of grammar and punctuation,…that mechanical element.…Here, we'll look at some of the general areas to check.…First, have you used the correct word?…Those homonyms, two or more words that sound the same…but have different spellings and meanings.…Here are some examples, to, there, it's, compliment.…Your spelling and grammar checkers may note…some of these for you, but not all of them.…
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- Identifying the purpose and main point of the report
- Evaluating audience needs
- Conducting research
- Writing a first draft
- Writing an abstract
- Including methodology and procedure
- Creating a cover letter
- Crediting sources
- Considering language formality
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2. Analyze Audience Characteristics
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3. Writing Process
4. Sections of a Technical Report
5. Mechanical Elements
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