Avoid Redundant Verbs

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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 Continue reading Avoid Redundant Verbs

Cite a Whole Paragraph in APA 6th Edition

Paragraph Quote ImageStudents often wonder how they can cite an entire paragraph from the same source. The issue comes up frequently for theses and dissertations because students are required to really expand on the literature. The issue can also come up in books because entire paragraphs are often dedicated to ideas or data from one source. APA citations can become quite tricky in these situations.

Here is a guide on common mistakes and ways to avoid them (within APA’s rules).

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Why Social Workers Need to Write More Precisely

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Do readers have to piece together your ideas?

Have you ever heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls? Without going into detail, they are a series of almost 1,000 ancient biblical texts. Biblical scholars have been putting together pieces of the text with advanced microscopes and computers to ascertain their meaning, almost like the puzzle-like scraps of paper shown in the image to the left.

Many authors have the same problem with their writing. I especially see this in Continue reading Why Social Workers Need to Write More Precisely

Writing Assistance for Professors and Students Who Write English as a Second Language

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Writing Tutorials for Professors and Students Who Write English as a Second or Foreign Language

The United States is becoming an increasingly diverse country. In addition to the richness that diversity has brought to our culture, the academic literature has also benefited from new perspectives. But, in the process of contributing to the literature, scholars whose native language is not English often struggle with writing a clean manuscript for Continue reading Writing Assistance for Professors and Students Who Write English as a Second Language