Munzenmaier • Hamilton College • Urbandale, IA
Computer Tips and Tricks
You've probably noticed that it's easier to catch the mistakes in someone else's writing than in your own. That's because our brains tend to see what we meant—not what's actually there. As a result, it's easy to miss runon sentences or confuse cite and site.
Your word-processor can't solve all of these problems for you, but it can reduce the tedium of revision. Just follow David Premo's advice:
Be especially suspicious if Word tells you have a subject-verb agreement error or when it suggests adding an apostrophe. For more about grammar check's fallibility, see Professor Krishnamurthy's grammar check page.
C. Clark Helms, a student in the IT program, has advice on how to customize Word's grammar check.
More about plain writing (Gunning)
The Editing and Rewriting Process (Darling)
Ten Tips for Effective Editing (Schuman)
Find and Replace to catch your mistakes (UW-Eau Claire)
Odes about what spell-check won't catch (see Grammar Jokes)
Help with words that spell-check won't catch
Template for taking notes in a word-processor
Learn 2 Type (test and free typing tutor)
Online Writing Tutorials
Developing a Professional Style (Dr. Russel Hirst)
Dr. Charles Darling's Guide to Grammar and Writing
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