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Category: Academic Writing

Academic Style Guidelines: Finding Your Way Around Style Guides

If you’re submitting an academic paper, then you’ve probably been instructed to follow a style guide. A style guide dictates how to format your paper, how your references should appear, and many other details, such as how to handle abbreviations, spelling and punctuation when there is more than one “right” way. In other words, it […]

The Proofreading Checklist: A Key to Catching Errors

Proofreaders generally look for two kinds of errors while proofreading essays, journal articles, books, and other forms of writing: language-related errors and “non-text” formatting errors. To keep track of what to look for, proofreaders will often create or modify an existing proofreading checklist. The kind of checklist a proofreader follows will depend on the kind […]

Citation Shortcuts: Using The MS Word Reference Tool

If you’re writing an academic paper, thesis, journal article or dissertation, you’ll be required to cite your sources in a particular style. The style guide resources listed in our previous post will give you clear instructions about how to format your in-text citations and reference list or bibliography. It’s a good idea to be familiar […]

Precise Academic Writing: The Non-Word Void

The very nature of academic writing requires a precise use of language.  There is no room for vague ideas floating out into a non-word void similar to that of deep space.  Producing, controlling and mastering this precision is one of the hardest aspects of writing in an academic style, for both novice and ESL academic […]

Oxford Style Guide Proofreading and Editing Services

The Oxford Style guidelines are the second most requested editing guidelines we receive from our clients, behind only the APA format. Printed by Oxford University Press, the New Oxford Style Manual provides guidance on areas such as: Presentation including headings and indexing Capitalisation usage UK vs. US English variations Quoting and referencing Lists and tables […]

Tips For Writing Essays For UK/US Universities For ESL students

When writing an essay, it is important to consider whether you are writing according to US guidelines and spelling systems or the UK system. There can be many differences between these two systems related to spelling, references, or just general vocabulary. US and UK spelling Regardless of which country your university is in, when it […]

Tips For Writing in an Academic Tone and Style

Writing in an appropriate academic tone and style can have a substantial impact on the grading of a paper or its likelihood of being published. One of our specialities is improving academic tone and style in our clients’ papers. Our team of experienced academics has the knowledge and expertise across a broad range of subjects […]

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