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An Introduction the Dewey Decimal System

Libraries around the world use the Dewey Decimal System to organize written works. And since...

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Word Choice: Gate vs. Gait

The words “gate” and “gait” sound the same, but they have different meanings. Since they...

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Grammar Tips: What Are Linking Verbs?

Linking verbs are a key part of English. And knowing how they work can help...

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Academic Writing Tips: What Are Study Limitations?

An important part of writing up research is to consider whether your study has any...

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Spelling Tips: Vice or Vise?

The words “vice” and “vise” sound the same, which makes it easy to mix them...

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Writing Tips: The Basics of Punctuation in AP Style

AP style, the style set out in the Associated Press Stylebook, provides advice on many...

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How to Cite a Film or Documentary in MLA Referencing

If you’re writing an essay, you may need to cite a film or documentary. But...

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Word Choice: Tail vs. Tale

“Tail” and “tale” sound the same, but these words mean different things. In this post,...

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How to Avoid the Appeal to Ignorance Fallacy in Academic Writing

You should always try to avoid fallacies – i.e., bad arguments – in your academic...

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Writing Tips: Merry Christmas vs. Season’s Greetings

Christmas may be just round the corner, but getting your words right is still important!...

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Persnickety Tattie-Bogles (6 Scottish Words for St. Andrew’s Day)

Greetings to readers in (or from) Scotland! We reserve this extra welcome for Scots in...

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Microsoft Excel: How to Highlight Cells with Conditional Formatting

Conditional formatting can make the data in a spreadsheet easier to read. One way it...

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