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Writing Resources

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Writing Guidelines

Anthropomorphism

Learn how to avoid anthropomorphism, that is, inaccurately attributing human characteristics to animals or inanimate objects in writing.

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Capitalization

Learn how to capitalize and spell words in APA Style, including how to spell and capitalize words on a case-by-case basis as well as how to implement the title case and sentence case capitalization styles.

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Clarity

Learn how to write precisely and clearly, including how to make good word choices, avoid colloquialisms and jargon, make logical comparisons, and keep attributions clear.

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Conciseness

Learn how to write concisely, including how to avoid wordiness and redundancy and select appropriate lengths for sentences and paragraphs.

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Continuity

Learn how to create continuity in the presentation of your ideas through the use of punctuation and transitional words.

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Disability

Learn how to write about people with disabilities without bias, including how to implement general principles of language use and what terms to use or avoid.

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Gender

Learn how to write about gender without bias, including how to avoid gender stereotypes, use gender-neutral pronouns, and refer to transgender individuals.

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Numerals Versus Words

Learn how to use numerals and how to use words when writing about numbers in the text, including how and when to combine the two.

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Presenting Statistics in Text

Learn how to present statistics in the text, including how to implement standards for effective presentation, when to use words versus symbols, and formatting.

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Racial and Ethnic Identity

Learn how to write about racial and ethnic identity without bias, including how to practice sensitivity and make specific racial or ethnic designations.

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Sexual Orientation

Learn how to write about sexual orientation without bias, including how to refer to people with differing sexual orientations, discuss sexual behaviors, and describe the sexual orientation of transgendered persons.

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Tone

Learn how to achieve the appropriate tone for a scientific paper, including strategies for remaining professional yet persuasive.

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Verb Tense

Learn how to write smoothly, including how to distinguish scientific writing from creative writing, choose verb tenses, and clarify modifiers in noun strings.

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