Is Kindergarten Capitalized?

Is Kindergarten Capitalized?
Do you capitalize kindergarten?

A common question is whether the word kindergarten is capitalized. Well, I’ve already given away the answer–no, kindergarten is not capitalized. But if you came to this post, you should read below so that you know how to deal with capitalization issues for other terms in the future.

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Race vs Ethnicity

StumpedWhat is the difference between race and ethnicity? This is a common question, and there is not an easy answer. In this post, I present the views from various academic sources and try to pull some common ideas from them.

One of the main motivations for this post is that I consistently see “race/ethnicity” used together in academic papers and data sets. Most editorial styles (APA, Chicago, etc.) discourage using slashes because they tend to Continue reading Race vs Ethnicity

t-test or t test? How do you spell it?

I’ll make this a quick post today, but I come across this issue so often I figured I would post it for everyone’s benefit. You might have wondered how you should spell this statistical test. Let’s do a little multiple choice.  Which of the following spellings is correct?

A. t test

B. t-test

C. t test

D. t-test

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Grouping High Numbers and Low Numbers in APA 6th ed.

Do I use Numbers or Words for High and Low Numbers Grouped Together?
Do I use Numbers or Words for High and Low Numbers Grouped Together?

In my other post today, I explained the capitalization, hyphenation, and number-expression rules for grade levels in APA. In one example, I showed how low numbers and high numbers are expressed when they are grouped together for comparison.

Two years after APA’s change, many writers, schools, and even publishers seem to be unaware of the new rule. Why? Perhaps because the manual makes it a bit difficult for us to figure out. This post gets to the bottom of APA’s real preference on expressing low and high numbers.  Continue reading Grouping High Numbers and Low Numbers in APA 6th ed.

Do You Capitalize Grade Levels?

Grade or grade? Do I capitalize grade levels?
Grade or grade? Do I capitalize grade levels?

This question comes up often. Should we say grade 8 or Grade 8? And what about eighth grade or 8th grade? Here is the skinny on capitalization and number rules in various styles.

(Note that this post might seem a little detailed, but I have done that on purpose here to help writers who have very specific questions about the usage of these terms. Hope it’s helpful!).

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What Is APA Format?

StumpedPeople sometimes ask me what APA format is, but I think a lot of people actually wonder about this. This post explains what APA format is, what it isn’t, why it exists, and how it is different from Continue reading What Is APA Format?

Using the Dictionary in APA, Chicago, & Other Academic Writing

Did your parents ever tell you to go look up a word in the dictionary? Mine did (figures I’d end up in a career driven by language and writing). What a lot of people don’t realize is that you can get the answers to many of your questions from the good old dictionary.  Or maybe I should call it the good new dictionary, now that you can access words immediately online. No more excuses for me!

So, here are some very practical uses for Continue reading Using the Dictionary in APA, Chicago, & Other Academic Writing