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Proofread Content

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This module is about ensuring that all content is accurate and consistent.

At the end of this module, the CLE professional will be able to:

  • Explain the boundaries of proofreading and how to avoid copyediting
  • Describe common editorial problems encountered when proofreading, and how to overcome them
  • Apply typographic and page makeup conventions, tagging, markup and/or style conventions for content
  • Apply proofreading marks
  • Read proofs or content to ensure accuracy of spelling, grammar and punctuation, and to ensure internal consistency of content, design, structure, typography and layout
  • Review content to ensure that all required metadata, navigation and hypertext links are present
  • Read proofs or content to ensure that word breaks are appropriate
  • Read proofs to ensure that the house and project styles have been applied correctly and consistently
  • Make alternations to content and layout clearly and accurately
  • Check the consistency of citations
  • Identify the benefits and limitations of available editing software tools and how and when to use them

The following learning activities and resources support this module:


  • Russell, Linda and Morrison, Diane, et. al (2016). ACLEA Guide to Best Practices in Legal Publishing. Paper presented at ACLEA’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.
  • Garner, B. The Redbook: A Manual of Legal Style (West, 3rd ed. 2013).
  • Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide) (Carswell, 8th ed. 2014).
  • Rude, C. and Eaton, A. Technical Editing (Pearson, 5th ed. 2010).
  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 20th ed. 2015). See
  • The Maroonbook – The University of Chicago Manual of Legal Citation (2016).
  • The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law (2016) (


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