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Course Outline — The ABCs of Proofreading

Session 1: What Proofreaders Do

Reading the text
Checking lists and footnotes
Verifying cross-references
Verifying running heads and folios
Checking the table of contents
Checking the layout (line and page breaks; typography)

Session 1 Downloadable Resources
A proofreader’s checklist
Essential and helpful tools
Essential and helpful software

Session 2: How Proofreaders Mark Up a Page

Learning the symbols
Marking up PDF files
Writing queries to the author or compositor

Session 2 Downloadable Resources
Proofreading symbols
Sample queries to the compositor

Session 3: Why Proofreaders Sometimes Copyedit

Compiling or adding to a style sheet
Querying the copyeditor

Session 3 Downloadable Resources
Bibliography of style guides
Sample style sheet
Sample queries to the copyeditor

Session 4: What Proofreaders Should Know about Typesetting

Becoming familiar with typesetting terms
Learning what to look for
Learning what to query and what to mark

Session 4 Downloadable Resource
Examples of layout problems

Take-Home Exercise

The course concludes with a proofreading exercise due by the final date of the class period. All submissions will receive individualized attention from the instructor.

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