Monthly Archives: March 2018

Formatting Friday: The Background on Bluebook



While the majority of our clients use APA style or Chicago/Turabian (don’t worry, we’ll get to that style on the blog, we promise!), we have a considerable client base that uses Bluebook style for formatting. If you’ve never heard of Bluebook, you’re not […]

Thoughtful Thursday: Self-Care

You’ve probably heard about self-care – it’s a common buzzword these days. At its most basic, self-care is simply taking care of yourself – both your body and mind. You don’t need anything special to practice self-care, and you definitely don’t need to spend a lot […]

Some of our Favorite Books on Academic Writing

I’m a big reader. If I’m facing a problem or difficulty, I like to read books or articles about it – about people who’ve faced similar situations, or instructions on how to make it easier. Dissertations or theses are no different. Research and academic writing are […]

Formatting Friday: What is APA Style?

Different disciplines use different formatting styles, which can be confusing. Education and the social sciences typically use APA (American Psychological Association) Style. Currently, the publication manual is in its 6th Edition. This is important to note, since each edition brings revisions and small but important […]

Thoughtful Thursday: Mindfulness

We posted on Facebook last week about a study that found increased rates of depression or anxiety in graduate students, compared to the general population; the post did so well that we realized that many people might benefit from some tips and resources about anxiety, depression, and stress reduction on a consistent basis. […]

What are “scholarly sources?”

We get a variety of email queries about writing and research, and one of the most common includes questions about sources: namely, what kinds of sources are appropriate for a thesis or dissertation, and what constitutes a “scholarly source?” Many times, a client will email us because their advisor has commented on the lack […]

Formatting Friday #1: The Importance of Proper Formatting

Welcome to our new blog series, Formatting Friday! Every Friday, we’ll be looking at a topic in formatting. One of the most common issues, if not THE most common issue, that clients email us about is formatting. No matter what the overarching formatting style, proper formatting can be tricky and difficult, and at times, […]

Pi Day is Here!

Happy Pi Day! What is Pi Day, you ask? Pi Day is celebrated on March 14, or 3/14. (It also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday, ironically). It’s called Pi Day because the mathematical term pi is 3.14. Pi is the ratio of the circumference […]

National Proofreading Day!

March 8th. Yes, it’s International Women’s Day, but for the editorial-minded, it’s also National Proofreading Day! Between this and National Grammar Day just a few days ago, who knew editors were such party animals?

We get a lot of emails from clients who use the terms “proofreading” and “editing” interchangeably, but the two […]

Conferences, Part 2: Are You Ready for a National Conference?

So you’ve gone to a graduate student conference, and maybe even presented your research – great! The next step is a national conference in your field: is it worth going? There’s no doubt that going to a national conference in your discipline is a commitment – financially, at the very least. Here are some […]

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