What is Proofreading?

Proofreading means examining a work carefully to find and correct typographical errors and mistakes in grammar, style, and spelling.

Why the Encyclopedia of Law needs proofreading?

Some of the entries came from legal works published before 1923. The reproduction may have occasional imperfections such as missing letters that were either part of the original work, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe these works are culturally important, and despite the imperfections, are valuable. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy these historical legal works.

Sometimes, authors of the Encyclopedia may produce serrors, both grammatical and typographical.

Please help improve the entries of the Encyclopedia of Law using the “Help us expand this entry” feature.

Which are helpful strategies for proofread?

Some general tips are available at OWL Purdue site.

Common OCR errors

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is the function used by computers to read text. This is extracted by the computer when a new page in started in proofreading. However, computers are not very good at reading printed text and errors can be quite frequent. This table shows some common errors made by computers that will need to be found and corrected during proofreading.

For example
OCR error Correction
tlie the
a11, aH, aU all
au an
\vas was
mc me

Other common things to correct

  • Paragraph breaks. A blank line should be left between paragraphs, as standard for electronic and internet formatting.
  • Spaces before punctuation should be removed.
For example
Original law journal ; legal article
Corrected law journal; legal article
The space before the semicolon has been removed.


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