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The basic goal is to make the on-line edition match the print edition -- errors and all. We aren't updating spelling or usage or changing it to match modern American usage.

When the page images are available, we can refer to the page images and make corrections with confidence. Sometimes the page images are not available at the CCEL, but they are available at Google Books. In that case you can search for some words on the page and try to find a source of page images.

When page images are not available, the goal is to fix obvious typographical errors but not to make changes that are unlikely to be a result of scanning or typing errors.

The goal is to proof all the pages of each book at least twice. At that point we'll consider the book "proofed." Of course, proofing will continue after that point as readers continue to report typos.

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Proofreading a page [Instructions updated 07/29/2012]

The whole purpose of proofreading is to compare the electronic copy to the original. The electronic copies are those that we have produced here from scanned originals but sometimes the scanners don't get the letters right. The originals that you are comparing to can come from one of several sources:

One - You have the original paper version.
Two - Many of the books at CCEL can be found in their page image version at
Three - Sometimes, the picture reproductions exist here on CCEL. In which case the electronic version page will have a Roman Numeral in a Red Box at the edge of the page. Following is an example:

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THE present volume of St. Anselm’s most important philosophical and theological writings contains: (1) The Proslogium (2) the Monologium, (3) the Cur Deus Homo, and (4) by way of historical complement, an Appendix to the Monologium entitled In Behalf of the Fool by Gaunilon, a monk of Marmoutiers. The Proslogium (which, though subsequent in point of

Click on the Red Box to bring up the original picture of the page. This is a time when using two instances of Internet Explorer or Firefox can be useful for side by side comparisons.

Three - Find a copy of the book in other libraries on line and do a comparison. However, please keep in mind that other libraries may have the same corrupted text, so sometimes this is not the best choice.
Four - Read through it and look for obvious typographical errors.

Now, compare the electronic version to the original. Remember that we are not modernizing or creating a new translation. Just make it faithful to the original.

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