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The trouble with books …

The next time your students ask if they can rely on books for their research, you can tell them this: Book publishers don’t normally fact-check books. They’ll run sensitive material by lawyers, but otherwise it’s on authors to make sure their work is accurate. Generally, this works out fine. Sometimes, it does not. When books […]

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Email Etiquette

Observing appropriate email etiquette is a perennial problem at the International Academy. Teach students to write effective emails with Grammarly’s post on best practices for writing effective emails: Every email has the same basic structure: Subject line, greeting, email body, and closing. But as with every written form of professional communication, there’s a right way […]

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Hyper-Vigilant Attribution Culture Exacerbates Academese

… the secret of good writing is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components. Every word that serves no function, every long word that could be a short word, every adverb which carries the same meaning that is already in the verb, every passive construction that leaves the reader unsure of who is doing […]

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The APA Style Blog on Citing Instagram and Other Social Media Platforms

If you thought the nice people over at the American Psychological Association didn’t have anything to say about your social media habits, think again. Never let it be said a medium yet exists that American style guides can’t swarm with a flurry of rules that could dissuade a grizzly from a comb brimming with viscous, […]

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Steven Pinker’s 13 Tweets for Writing Well-Written Prose

Steven Pinker is a linguist and psychologist who teachers at Harvard University. He’s most famously known for his popular-science book on linguistics titled The Language Instinct among other books on cognitive science. In my classes, however, I most often use the style guide The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st […]