Monthly Archives: September 2016

In-Text Citation Styles

By Dawson Drake Citing sources is a crucial part of academic writing and serves the purpose of giving legitimacy to your argument. Different formatting styles grant us as writers a variety of ways to express our sources of information. The … Continue reading

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All About Abstracts

By Chelsea Weller What is an abstract? An abstract is a concise, stand-alone summary of the work at hand. The specific content within an abstract can vary depending on the style of abstract you are writing. The three styles of … Continue reading

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Boolean Operators: Get the Most out of Your Googling

By Edwin Tran There are many things in life with complicated names that seem to conjure up vague images of damnation and abhorrent cosmic creatures that dare to defy comprehension. The reality, however, is that many of these words can … Continue reading

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Active and Passive Voices

By Jordan Dynes I’m sure that throughout your academic career, your teacher or professor has told you that you should use either active or passive voice in your writing and that active and passive voice can be used strategically to help … Continue reading

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Scriptum Brevium: How to Avoid Overwriting a Methods Section

By Ellen Israel Writing the methods section of a report should be easy. You only have one task: write how you performed the experiment. However, it can be hard to make your methods section as concise as it needs to … Continue reading

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Rocking Awesome Article Usage

By Jon Watkins What Are Articles? Articles (also known as determiners) help our audiences understand the specifics of nouns in our sentences. Among many other things, they’re essential for sentence structure, clarity, and audience understanding. The three common articles are … Continue reading

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Finding your own Writing Process™

By Erin Goldin If you’ve taken a writing class before, especially one of UNR’s Core Writing classes, you’ve probably heard about “The Writing Process.” The Writing Process is often presented as a list of steps to follow to complete a … Continue reading

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The Positive Side of Redundancy

By Brady Edwards As writers, we often get down on ourselves—I forgot to input a header and page numbers, I completely spaced including the works cited page, my thesis isn’t argumentative enough—however, such thinking often hinders our ability to see … Continue reading

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Fewer Words, More Meaning

By Joey Aisa There is a misconception regarding the concept of concision, as if stringing more words will create more meaning and clearer vision. The sentence is filled with empty words to the brim. Significance without concision is nothing but … Continue reading

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Avoiding Fluffy, Floppy, Wordy, and Padded Writing

By Moryah Hennessy It’s the night before that big paper is due, and while you’re contemplating last week’s decision to procrastinate, that blank piece of paper is staring at you, daring you to write down your thoughts. “Getting started is … Continue reading

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