Using Tracked Changes & Comments to Communicate With Editors & Coauthors

This post is all about teamwork. Communicating with your editor and coauthors is key as you develop your journal article, grant application, or other manuscript. Many people have already become familiar with tracked changes and comments, but are you using them effectively?

The video below gives some pointers for how to Continue reading Using Tracked Changes & Comments to Communicate With Editors & Coauthors

How to Split Up a Group Paper

This is a "How to" Academic Writing TutorialBackground for This Group-Paper Post

This post is actually a response to someone’s question on Yahoo Answers, but my response was so long and detailed that I couldn’t get Yahoo to accept it.  Since I already had it written, I’m posting it here in case it is helpful to others in the future. Although your group paper might be different, you can use this suggested outline to split up your work in similar Continue reading How to Split Up a Group Paper

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?

The APA 6th Edition Guideline That No One Is Talking About!

Interesting!

Page Numbers for Citations?

So the 6th edition of the APA Manual has been around for a few years now.  I like many things about it, and I’d like to change some things, just like with any other manual. However, APA makes one new recommendation that I love but that no one seems to be Continue reading The APA 6th Edition Guideline That No One Is Talking About!

How to Format Long Tables in APA: Do We Repeat the Column Headers, Table Title, or Both?

Question & AnswerIn the previous APA manual, the guidelines for table titles in long tables that continue onto multiple pages was clear: Repeat the column headers on each page but do not repeat the table title.

In the 6th edition of the APA manual, the guideline is Continue reading How to Format Long Tables in APA: Do We Repeat the Column Headers, Table Title, or Both?

How to Properly Break Long Web Addresses (URLs) in APA References Lists

StumpedSo this is something that we all inevitably run into. You add a citation of an electronic source into your references list. When you add in the url, it leaves a huge white gap on the line above it.  An example might look like this:

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How to Cite a Web Page With No Date, No Author, & No Page Number

Cite an article or content from a Web site with no author or page number

This is definitely a confusing issue, and I think that the APA Manual could do much better with examples for citing content on a web page (the closest example is probably section 7.02, example 30 in the 6th edition). The following video and examples show how to cite information from an article or other electronic content that has no author or date. Continue reading How to Cite a Web Page With No Date, No Author, & No Page Number

Improve Clarity by Identifying the Source of Knowledge

This issue comes up quite often. An author will explain that something is “known” without saying who actually knows the information. Consider this sentence:

“It is well-known that the 2005 policy has helped children and families escape poverty.”

The problem with this sentence is that Continue reading Improve Clarity by Identifying the Source of Knowledge