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Referencing Tips: What Are URLs and DOIs?

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Referencing Tips: What Are URLs and DOIs?

If you cite an online source in your academic writing, you will usually need to...

A Guide to Repeat Citations in MLA Referencing

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A Guide to Repeat Citations in MLA Referencing

MLA referencing is an academic citation style used around the world. But what should you...

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Thesaurus Day: Peter Roget and How to Use a Thesaurus

A good thesaurus – i.e., a book that lists synonyms and antonyms for other words...

Word Choice: Or, Oar or Ore?

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Word Choice: Or, Oar or Ore?

“Or,” “oar,” and “ore” sound identical, but these words have very different meanings. Make sure...

How to Format an AMA Reference List

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How to Format an AMA Reference List

If you are using AMA referencing, you will need to list the sources you cite...

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5 Tips for Writing a Strong Thesis Statement

Every good research paper needs a strong thesis statement. Typically, this is a line or...

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Spelling Tips: Receive or Recieve?

To draw on the old phrase, is giving better than “receiving” or “recieving”? This word...

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How to Cite a Dataset in IEEE Referencing

If you refer to a dataset in you work, you need to cite it like...

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Word Choice: Not vs. Knot

Although “not” and “knot” sound the same, they have very different meanings. As a result,...

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What Is the Difference Between a Preface, a Foreword and a Prologue?

There are many ways to introduce a book, including with a preface, a foreword, or a...

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Writing Tips: Latino, Latina or Latinx?

“Latino,” “Latina,” and “Latinx” are all terms used to refer to people of Latin American...

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An Introduction to Assonance and Consonance

Assonance and consonance are important parts of creative writing, especially poetry. Both involve repeating certain...

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How to Cite an Artwork in Harvard Referencing

If you’re writing about art in a college paper, you’ll need to know how to...

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Word Choice: Gamble vs. Gambol

It’s easy to mix up words that sound the same, like “gamble” and “gambol,” especially...

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Spelling Tips: Misspell or Mispell?

If you make a spelling mistake, did you “misspell” or “mispell” the word? Only one...

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How to Come Up with Great Ideas for Your Blog (5 Top Tips)

A blog is a cost-effective way of driving traffic to your business’s website. But for...

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Grammar Tips: What Is a Gerund?

Even if you have never heard the word “gerund” before, you probably use gerunds all...

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