Paper Improvement Checklist

The items marked below indicate areas for potential improvement for your paper.  Resultantly, they represent areas for potential improvement for your future writing endeavors.  Being able to write well distinguishes a professional from a nonprofessional and is especially important in the human services field.  Please see me if you have any questions.


   Abbreviations = use of

   Abstract = use of

   Alignment & justification = use of

   APA style = use of


   Black ink = use of

   Body section of the paper

   Citations = use of block quotes

   Citations = crediting of sources

   Citations = proper crediting of sources

   Citations = increase source credit

   Citations = decrease source credit

   Citations = requested number of citations

   Citations = over-reliance on quoted material

   Citations = credited according to APA standards

   Citations = accuracy of

   Citations = relevance of

   Citations = credibility of

   Citations = authoritativeness of

   Citations = current

   Citations = objectivity of

   Citations = professionalism of

   Clarity of expression = fluidity

   Clarity of expression = integration of ideas

   Clarity of expression = orderliness of thoughts

   Clarity of expression = organization of content

   Clarity of expression = organization of format

   Clarity of expression = use of Standard English

   Clarity of expression = use of punctuation to support meaning

   Clarity of expression = use of transition devices

   Clarity of expression = sentence length

   Clarity of expression = abruptness of sentences

   Clarity of expression = differentiation of fact from opinion

   Clarity of expression = use of generalizations

   Clarity of expression = paper written in a manner that is clear to a lay reader

   Clarity of expression = paragraphs used to provide pause

   Clarity of expression = unity, continuity, and cohesiveness of paragraphs

   Contractions = use of


   Factual substance = degree that the paper is based on facts obtained through research

   Factual substance = quality

   Factual substance = quantity

   Factual substance = relevance

   Factual substance = credibility

   Factual substance = authoritativeness

   Factual substance = current

   Factual substance = objectivity

   Factual substance = professionalism

   Font = use of a standard 12-point font

   Grammar = attribution of nonhuman/ human functions

   Grammar = bias toward gender, culture, and/ or disability

   Grammar = use of capitalization

   Grammar = use of commas

   Grammar = preposition use

   Grammar = pronoun use

   Grammar = pluralism

   Grammar = punctuation

   Grammar = run-on sentences

   Grammar = sentence composition

   Grammar = sentence fragments

   Grammar = subjectless sentences

   Grammar = spelling

   Grammar = subject/ verb disagreement

   Grammar = tense

   Grammar = use of transition devices


   Introduction section of paper

   Length = too long

   Length = too short

   Margins = use of 1.5” margins

   Off topic/ off assignment

   Organization = of paper’s content

   Organization = of paper’s format

   Page numbering

   Paragraphs = composition of

   Paragraphs = organization of

   Paragraphs = spacing of

   Reference sheet = according to APA standards

   Reference sheet = ordering of

   Reference sheet = completeness of

   Reference sheet = presence of

   Running head = use of

   Seriation/ bullets = use of

   Sources = requested number used as distinct from class text

   Sources = relevance of

   Sources = credibility

   Sources = authoritativeness

   Sources = objectivity

   Sources = accuracy

   Sources = professionalism of

   Sources = current

   Spacing = use of

   Spacing = use of double-spacing

   Tables/ figures/ images = use of

   Third person = use of

   Titling = title page presence of

   Titling = title page according to APA standards

   Titling = title centered on first page of paper

   Titling = use of subtitles