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When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

It’s a pity when surface problems scuttle otherwise strong scholarship. As an editor, I’ve noticed that poorly handled quotations are particularly damning. Inelegant use of prior scholarship can give the impression that a writer is unsophisticated, or even amateur. Naturally, research … Continue reading

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Getting Smart with Quotes

You know how sometimes you see quotation marks and apostrophes that turn toward the text they’re associated with—and sometimes they’re just straight up and down, almost like hatch marks? The former kind go by many names: directional quotation marks, smart … Continue reading

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Making Writing Manageable, If Not Enjoyable

The good folks at the Pedant, Claremont’s student newsletter, recently interviewed me about how make writing more pleasurable and routine (yes, both). The issue is out, and I see that they’ve quoted me using un accent circonflexe—I feel so fancy! … Continue reading

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Lost in Spaces (between Sentences)

If you’re submitting articles to journals or shopping around your scholarly book proposal, content is key. But when you also adhere closely to a publisher’s or journal’s style guidelines, you demonstrate professionalism and your ability to honor parameters. It shows … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman’s Four Rules of Research

A couple weeks ago, I drove to the Oregon coast with my sweetie, who is a Paul Krugman devotee. (Krugman is a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton and writes an op-ed column and a blog for the … Continue reading

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How to Unfile Research Paperwork

My filing cabinets had been bursting with grad-school materials for years. This weekend, I finally got around to addressing the problem. I’m calling the solution my unfiling system. Recognize That Past Research Projects Take Up Precious Space Something I’ve realized: … Continue reading

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How I Self-Revised My Dissertation, a Video Presentation

Today, I’m proud to share with you a project that’s been on my mind for a long time now: a video presentation detailing the steps I took to revise my own dissertation. Sometimes it’s difficult to dive right into revisioning … Continue reading

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Concentration Tips from Your Media-Saturated Academic Editor: Part Two

Last time, I shared with you a couple of hard-earned, concrete tactics that I deploy in my quest to remain productive, focused, and fulfilled. As a result of those and other habits, I’m mostly successful in reaching my work objectives. … Continue reading

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Concentration Tips from Your Media-Saturated Academic Editor: Part One

I edit for psychologists, but I’m not one of them. I’m also not a productivity guru. But lately I’ve realized that I do have my own tricks for staying on task and getting things done. Let me address the big … Continue reading

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Style Sheets for Academic Writers

Tweed provides a style sheet with every completed editing job. The writer can use the style sheet as a guide to the edits I’ve made and as a crib sheet for cleaning up future documents even before they’re edited. But … Continue reading

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