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A common question is whether the word kindergarten is capitalized. Well, I’ve already given away the answer–no, kindergarten is not capitalized. But if you came to this post, you should read below so that you know how to deal with capitalization issues for other terms in the future.
You might have noticed that, when you are working with tracked changes in Word, when you close and reopen your document, the color of your tracked changes sometimes changes (e.g., maybe your revisions were in blue, and now all of a sudden, they are in red!).
Some time long ago, a disease called wordiness began to spread among writers. In informal speech and writing, we use filler words, overly complex verbs, redundant word pairs, long or cumbersome phrases, clichés, and other devices that unnecessarily bloat our sentences.
In academic and other formal writing, one challenge is to reduce this wordiness whenever possible. The benefits of doing so are improved readability and often specificity and clarity.
Because conciseness is such an important theme in academic writing, I am developing some video lessons on them. Occasionally, however, I will post brief examples so that you can begin to look for ways to reduce wordiness in your own writing.
Today’s example is the word those. In some cases, the word is helpful and even necessary. But any time that you use the word, double check to see Continue reading No More “Those”
This issue came up in a dissertation I was editing today. If you are quoting a source that does not have page numbers but does have chapter numbers, you can cite the chapter number. Note that APA does not Continue reading How to Cite a Chapter in APA
Just a quick post today with a little tip. I usually use Merriam-Webster dictionary because it is the preferred source of spelling for most major US editorial styles. However, I have noticed that Oxford’s online dictionary has some nice explanations of tricky situations.
If you are creating a document that has a lot of quotes–maybe a qualitative study–you will have to format some of your quotes as block quotes. Block quotes are quotes that are indented to the left (in academic manuscripts, they are not usually indented to the right too, just the left). In APA style, we set quotes in block style if they are 40 words or more, and in Chicago style the threshold is 100 words.
I have a quick tip for you today. The question is, when you’re citing a study by multiple authors, do you put an apostrophe with all of the authors’ names, or just the last name? Continue reading One Apostrophe or Two?