Scholarly Articles: Only for the Sophisticated?

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Obscure scholarly writing by university professors was and is an important problem. Academics hide behind the idea that unintelligible sentences indicate a clever mind. In everyday life, when we cannot understand what someone has said, this is the usual exchange: Listener:                        I cannot understand what you are saying. Speaker: […]

Your Research Paper’s Microstructure

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Here are seven linguistics tips regarding the microstructure of your research paper. Follow these basics and turn each paragraph into a logical and coherent text that will invite readers to explore your paper.   Make your paragraphs microstructure coherent and sequential by: Adding a clear topic sentence to each paragraph. […]

How to Turn your Thesis into a Book

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Any publisher you approach will most probably refuse to read your PhD manuscript in its original form. Unless your academic supervisor already allowed you to craft your thesis as a book script. Publishers want to see something closely resembling a book manuscript. So you need to change your thesis into […]

Citing Sources and Listing References

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For some, citing and referencing can be the most painstaking part of a paper. In particular if you first worked on your literature review prior to your findings section. Remember what your professors told you? A correct and full list of sources, both in your text and in your reference […]

Research Abstracts Can Be Cool!

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A research abstract is important. It’s often the only section of an article an uncommitted reader might look at. An abstract is not merely a pro forma section that you ‘have to’ start your paper with. So make your abstract anything but “abstract” – make it look cool. My co-authors […]

APA vs. MLA: Choices and Differences

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Why can’t all academic disciplines just hammer out one style that fits all needs? It’s an attractive idea, but an impractical one. Notwithstanding the current APA dominance, quite some journals still prescribe MLA style. This is mainly because of the Humanities field and involves mostly literary journals. Your academic field […]