Authors often ask me if the period should go inside or outside the closing quotation mark. This post will explain where to put Read more >>
Authors often mention to me that they are confused about whether to use double or single quotation marks in their quoted material. The answer depends on whether you are writing in Read more >>
This issue came up in a dissertation I was editing today. If you are quoting a source that does not have page numbers but does have chapter numbers, you can cite the chapter number. Note that APA does not Read more >>
Just a quick post today with a little tip. I usually use Merriam-Webster dictionary because it is the preferred source of spelling for most major US editorial styles. However, I have noticed that Oxford’s online dictionary has some nice explanations of tricky situations.
Today I was double checking the lie vs. lay rules, and I liked Oxford’s straightforward approach to explaining it. If you are using US English for your document, you’ll want to quickly change the language preference before you begin using the dictionary. To do this Read more >>
I have a quick tip for you today. The question is, when you’re citing a study by multiple authors, do you put an apostrophe with all of the authors’ names, or just the last name? Read more >>
Last week I talked about avoiding redundant verbs. In this post, I’ll discuss another conciseness issue that authors often run into with verbs: adding an unnecessary Read more >>
As I was formatting some references, I had to locate the reference guidelines for the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). Wow, that was tough!
If you’re in the same situation, I’ll spare you the time. The guidelines are located
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It is common to cite studies by referring to the author’s last name. For most names, this is easy. For instance, if Smith published a study in 2013, we can say “Smith’s (2013) study.”
But what happens when the person’s last name ends with the letter s, like the name Spears? Should it be “Spears’ (2013) study” or “Spears’s (2013) study”?
You might be surprised, but the correct version is Read more >>
Every day I come across sentences in which authors accidentally repeat the same meaning. Redundancy can take many forms, but for this post we’ll focus on the use of two redundant verbs.
This type of redundancy often occurs when we try to add a second verb for emphasis or effect. Sometimes this is helpful or necessary, but most of the time Read more >>
I see this commonly in scholarly papers, so I figured I’d make a quick post about it.
Often I will see a sentence that begins with the words “Different from.” Although this phrase works well in the middle of sentences, in my opinion it is not very good for starting sentences.
For instance, in the example sentence below, the author wishes to show Read more >>
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