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Productivity Tools for the Academic Writer: a few resources to make research and writing easier and more efficient

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  Academic writing can be a long and arduous process even for experienced researchers, but an increasing number of tools and resources are now available to help you boost your focus, organize your research notes, and get down to writing. Here are some of the best.   Tools for organizing your sources and research material […]

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Style Guides: Chicago, APA, MLA

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Chances are that if you’re publishing a book or submitting an academic paper, grant proposal, or any other scientific written work, you’ve been instructed to follow a style guide. Contrary to widespread belief, style guides are not just about proper citing  and referencing of source material. If that were the case, we would be at […]

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Cartoon Abstracts: Variations on a Theme

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A great deal of work goes into publishing a great journal article: after research comes writing, then translation if English is not your first language, and finally copyediting and proofreading. But once your work is published, how do you make sure your audience will read it? Scholarly research has long been equated with sober design […]

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How to Write an Effective Journal Abstract

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What’s in an Abstract? The abstract is the single most important paragraph in your entire article. It is the first―and often the only―thing that readers will see before deciding whether it is worth their time to read the full article. Unfortunately, many treat it as an afterthought, not realizing that a poorly written abstract is […]