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Writing Resources

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Academic Writer Punctuation Guidelines

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Punctuation Guidelines

Colons

Learn how to use colons to introduce complete and incomplete sentences, in statistics, in references, and in titles and headings.

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Commas and Semicolons

Learn how to use commas and semicolons between items in a list, to set off nonessential or nonrestrictive clauses, in parenthetical reference citations, and to separate independent clauses in the text.

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Hyphens

Learn how to use hyphens and dashes, including in compound modifiers and after prefixes.

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Italics

Learn how to use italics, including in reference list entries and for key terms, scientific names, words in another language, statistics, and tests or scales.

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Parentheses and Brackets

Learn how to use parentheses and brackets, including in narrative writing, in-text citations, direct quotations, abbreviations and lists, and mathematical and statistical copy.

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Periods

Learn how to use periods in sentences, abbreviations, and reference entries.

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Quotation Marks

Learn how to use quotation marks, including for quotations of fewer than 40 words, linguistic examples, stimuli, test items and verbatim participant instructions, ironic comments or invented expressions, and titles of articles or chapters in the text.

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Slashes

Learn how to use slashes, including to show relationships between words, in mathematics and linguistics, and when citing republished sources in the text.

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