Use this checklist as a list of reminders while you are editing your paper.
8. Superfluous commas
Unnecessary commas make sentences difficult to read.
Field trips are required, in several courses, such as, botany and geology.
Field trips are required in several courses, such as botany and geology.
The term, "scientific illiteracy," has become almost a cliche, in educational circles.
The term "scientific illiteracy" has become almost a cliche in educational circles.
For more information on commas see Commas: Punctuating Restrictive and Non-restrictive Modifiers and Punctuating Coordinating Conjunctions and Sentence Adverbs, or take one of the free grammar, style, and style classes offered by the Writing Center.