About McDougal Littell

Glossary

Copyediting:
A review of page proofs for grammar, syntax, punctuation, spelling, style, usage, logic, sense, and consistency of language and formatting.

Error:
Anything that impedes students' understanding and learning. We organize errors into three categories: 1. Typographical, punctuation, or grammatical errors
2. Factual errors
3. Text or art that creates confusion or misunderstanding

Fact Checking:
A thorough evaluation of all names, dates, places, other facts, and definitions in a product. Each fact is verified using at least two reliable sources, and discrepancies are resolved by using three, four, or more sources. Fact checking is repeated for all portions of a product that are substantively rewritten.

Proofreading:
A check of literary selections against their sources; a review of pages (in both print and electronic versions) to ensure that all corrections have been made and composition is accurate.

Solving:
A process in which all mathematical problems in math and science products are solved and their answers checked.

Vendor Page Proofs:
Copies of final pages received from an outside company, showing how the publication will look before it goes to press.