UCF Writing Center. It has resources, including consultations with someone who will look at your writing and suggest improvements. It can help with things like citation styles as well.
Editing guidelines/questions, again from DiYanni:
- How can you check for grammatical errors, inconsistencies in verb tenses and problems with subject-object agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, sentence fragments, comma splices, and the like?
- To what extent do you need to check on tricky verbs such as lie and lay, on questions of usage concerning who and whom, on aspects of mechanics such as the use of capitalization and italics?
- Why might it be necessary for you to check for errors in spelling or punctuation? How should you go about this checking?
One technique works very well for proofreading - getting someone else to read your paper. It has to be someone you trust to tell you where things need improvement. Furthermore, it has to be someone who can tell the difference between the argument you are making and the form in which it is made. In other words, just because your reader likes what you are arguing for, doesn't mean that you've argued clearly and well for it.
Proofreading guidelines, from DiYanni:
- Read the final draft aloud to hear mistakes.
- Read your final edited draft one line at a time, focussing on individual words and sentences rather than your ideas and examples.
- Read some paragraphs backwards, last sentence first.
- Look for omitted words in sentences and omitted letters in words.
- If you discover too many mistakes requiring correction, retype individual pages - or the entire paper - as necessary.