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