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Word Choice: Flammable vs. Inflammable

There are many words where “in-” can be added as a prefix to create a...

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How to Apply for a Research Grant

There are several things you need to do when preparing a research grant application. These...

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Punctuating and Formatting Dialogue in Fiction

Dialogue – i.e., the words spoken by characters in a story – is a vital...

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Word Choice: Faint vs. Feint

Does thinking about homophones make you feel dizzy? Then you either feel “faint” or “feint.”...

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How to Use Diacritics and Accents in Writing

Have you ever seen non-English words with little marks above certain letters? These marks are...

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5 Top Social Media Tips for Businesses

Most businesses are now on social media. This is because platforms like Facebook and Twitter...

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Citation Styles in NLM Medical Referencing

If you are studying medicine, or even writing for a medical journal, you may be...

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Word Choice: Viscous vs. Vicious

“Viscous” and “vicious” are both adjectives. They’re also close enough in spelling that it’s easy...

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A Quick Guide to Comparatives and Superlatives

Comparatives and superlatives are used for comparing things (e.g., saying something is “better” than something...

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Margins and Page Orientation in Microsoft Word

Among other formatting options, Microsoft Word lets you adjust the page layout of a document....

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Citing an Online Video with Chicago Author–Date Referencing

Previously, we looked at how to cite an online video using Chicago’s footnote referencing. But...

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A Bear of Very Many Words: Winnie-the-Pooh in the Dictionary

Did you know that today, January 18, was A. A. Milne’s birthday? To mark this,...

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