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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

▫   Appearance

▫   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

▫   Conclusion

▫   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

▫   Indentation

▫   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

▫   Other: