The Editor's cCorner: Posts by DLA Editors & Proofers

Tips for Preparing a Successful ERAS Application

  With over 10 years’ experience in guiding candidates in applying for medical residency, and having critiqued and edited 1,000+ ERAS applications during that time, I have seen firsthand just how far the way in which you fill out your … Continue reading

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How to Write a Strong Conclusion to Your Personal Statement

  You can hook your reader with the introduction to your personal statement and wow them with magical words in your personal statement, but if you don’t write a strong conclusion to your personal statement, you’ll leave program directors and … Continue reading

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Cutting the Fluff: Tips for Writing a Law School Personal Statement

  You can say a lot and still say nothing, and if your personal statement for law school can’t say it, chances are law school admissions committees will think you can’t either. How efficiently you can get to the point … Continue reading

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Getting Used To APA? You’re Not Alone

  Transitioning to college means a new schedule, new responsibilities, and, for many, a new way of writing. Students in the science disciplines will find that their instructors require their papers to adhere to the APA style. The APA Style … Continue reading

Posted in APA Editing, Dissertation and Thesis Editing, Paper Editing

Using the Slash: AP Versus Chicago

  Looking to slash your regular writing habits? If you’re a Chicago-style writer, you’re in luck! AP writers, on the other hand, might want to look at other options. Check out what the AP vs. Chicago blog advises on using … Continue reading

Posted in Book Editing, Copy Editing, Dissertation and Thesis Editing, Paper Editing

Altogether and All Together: There’s a Difference

  Ready to proofread your blog and social media posts, but confused by grammar altogether? Marko Ticak brings some helpful examples from around the Web all together for this Grammarly article!   Altogether vs. All Together   Altogether means “completely,” “all … Continue reading

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Understanding Homophones: Affect Verses Effect

  It’s no secret: The English language is confusing. Homophones—words that sound the same, but have different meanings and spellings—embody this confusion. Affect and effect are a common example. How do you keep the two straight? Grammar Girl suggests using … Continue reading

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Comma Drama: Punctuating “Such as”

  Although we see our fair share of glaring errors, the most common mistakes tend to be more subtle. One or two misplaced commas might not sound like a deal breaker for your next paper, but keeping typographical errors from … Continue reading

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Numbers in the AP and Chicago Style Guides

  If you’re an academic or business writer, chances are you work in different style guides regularly. Keeping each style guide straight can become confusing, especially when it comes to numbers. Here’s a helpful piece we found from the wonderfully … Continue reading

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Compound Adjectives in APA (and Other Styles, Too!)

  The rules of hyphenation are complex, and those writing in the APA style often agonize over them. If you’re sweating over whether your paper is “well written” or “well-written,” check out this tip we found on the APA Style … Continue reading

Posted in APA Editing, Copy Editing, Paper Editing, Professional Editing, Professional Proofreading

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