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Understanding Homophones: Wether, Weather & Whether

  What do a castrated goat, today’s forecast, and a tricky conjunctionhave in common? Grammarly’s Shundalyn Allen breaks down these homophones. From white papers to screenplays, make sure to pay close attention to keep from confusing them—or ones like them—in … Continue reading

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Sentence Variety: Bringing Writing Back From the Boring

  Worried your business report or screenplay is starting to sound robotic? Purdue OWL’s Ryan Weber and Allen Brizee discuss how sentence variation energizes writing!   Strategies for Variation   If your logo didn’t appear with your content, could your … Continue reading

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A Clear Perspective: First-Person Point of View in APA

  What point of view should you maintain when writing in the APA style? The answer is more fluid than you might have thought. Depending on your content, institution’s requirements, and personal style, you may have the option to use … Continue reading

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Trimming Your Writing: How Reducing Word Count Improves Effectiveness

  The most effective writers convey their ideas in as few words as possible. Whether you’re aiming to promote a new product with a press release, persuade your audience with a white paper or write the next great American screenplay, … 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

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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

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Use Style Separators with Level 3, 4 and 5 Heading Styles

According to the APA style, the body of the paragraph follows directly after level 3, 4 and 5 headings. However, when using MS Word’s automated Table of Contents (TOC), if a heading style is applied to the heading so that … Continue reading

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3 Easy Tips to Help Avoid Plagiarism

Throughout most of human history, plagiarism was not a crime—it was an art form. While historians have accused many great artists and thinkers of the practice, the charges rarely stuck. Some even wagged their tongues at the moral prudes: as … Continue reading

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Why Getting to the Point Matters (When Writing an APA Paper)

One of my best friends is a Ph.D. in political science candidate at Purdue University, and as a teaching assistant he grades the APA papers of undergraduate students. One of the problems he finds most frequently, he once told me, … Continue reading

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The One Question to Ask When Looking to Hire an Editor

One of my highest priorities as editor in chief of DLA Editors & Proofers is to be personally available to our clients. While the demands on my time sometimes prevent this, I enjoy introducing myself to prospective clients, especially when … Continue reading

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