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Setting up a Word Document in APA Style: A Step-By-Step Video Guide
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Setting up a Word Document in APA Style: A Step-By-Step Video Guide

The APA 6th edition provides detailed instructions for how to format your headers, footers, margins, title, font, line-spacing, and your references. Individually, these instructions appear straight forward, but getting everything perfect in a Word document can be tricky. Fortunately, university professor, David Taylor, has produced a ten minute step-by-step video demonstrating exactly how to do … Continue reading

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The Hemingway Editing App
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The Hemingway Editing App

Ernest Hemingway’s writing inspired many a writer, however his dedication to clear, precise, and direct prose has now inspired an great new writing tool: the Hemingway App Famously, Hemingway used to write instructions to himself when writing:   “You can phrase things clearer and better. You can remove words which are unnecessary and tighten up … Continue reading

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Do You Want a Better Program than MS Word to Structure your Master’s Thesis or PhD Dissertation?
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Do You Want a Better Program than MS Word to Structure your Master’s Thesis or PhD Dissertation?

Writing our master’s thesis can be a long struggle, and the logistical challenges are great: the document’s parts (preliminaries, body, and appendices) must be formatted in different ways. First there are the preliminary pages which include declarations and acknowledgements. Then there is the body itself, which contains many different elements that must be individually formatted. … Continue reading

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Chronic Errors We Make When Writing
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Chronic Errors We Make When Writing

So you think you know your capital from capitols, your censers, from your sensors, and your Arabians from your Arabs?  You would not be the first to be unsure. that is why Paul Brian wrote the book “Common Errors in English“, an exhaustive list of, well, common errors in English. Fortunately, an interactive website dedicated … Continue reading

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How to Write Topic Sentences
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How to Write Topic Sentences

Strong topic sentences are an essential yet often overlooked component of good academic writing. Students that neglect them end up with sloppy and misleading topic sentences that critically undermine the focus and cohesion of their paper.  Ultimately this will drastically reduce the student’s chances of getting the grade they want. But what is the purpose … Continue reading

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George Orwell on Concision and Precision
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George Orwell on Concision and Precision

Students (and all writers) frequently have problems with precision and concision. Naturally, during the writing process, students will produce woolly, imprecise sentences that only hint at the  intended meaning and/or sentences that have only tangential relevance to their paper.  This can be overcome by rigorous  self-editing. However, attempting to objectively evaluate your own work is never … Continue reading

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