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Writing Academically

If we want to convince or persuade others, our writing must be strong and clear. Words or sentences that are typically appropriate in everyday language often weaken academic ideas if not properly used. Below is a list of word forms that should be avoided. There are / there is When we use there are/is too much, we […]

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Using the Internet for Research

Probably one of the most popular sources for information today is the Internet.  If we type in a few key words, we have instant access to almost anything on a given topic.  But as accessible as it is we need to use it wisely as we research for information. When determining whether a web site […]

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In-Text Citations

University courses use standardized formatting, such as MLA and APA.  If you are taking a science course you will probably use APA formatting.  If you are taking a course in the humanities, you will most likely use MLA formatting. When paraphrasing or using direct quotations it is important to know how to properly format in-text citation. […]

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have gone & have been

I am frequently asked what the difference is between have gone and have been. Generally speaking, when we say, “He has gone to New York,” we mean he has left and is in New York now.  When we say, “He has been to New York,” we mean he went to New York and he is back now, […]

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a/an Exceptions to the Rule

Exception to the Rule We use “a” before words that begin with a consonant sound, and we use “an” before words that begin with a vowel sound. a / e / i / o / u For example: It was raining, and I didn’t have an umbrella. I ate an apple and a sandwich for […]

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