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Formatting A Stage Play in Microsoft Word

Feb 02, 2022 - Michael Bedford

Writing a good play is hard work but by learning a few tricks in Microsoft Word, playwrights can make the process of formatting scripts easier. Like b...

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A Little Bit of Editing, A Little Bit of Proofreading, A Little Bit of Formatting: The Final Steps in Polishing Your Dissertation

Editing  /  Usage  /  Style
Jan 26, 2022 - Lesley-Anne Longo

TEC has had a number of dissertations cross our desks over the past few months, and working on these important documents is always a process that requ...

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5 Out-of-This-World Tips for Editors of Science Fiction

Editing  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Publishing
Jul 28, 2021 - Michael Bedford

The process of working on any manuscript presents a range of concerns specific to the manuscript’s intended genre, so don’t get caught with your space...

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What Does “Heading A” Mean? Some Key Editing Terms Explained

Jun 16, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Editorial work entails a variety of different jobs. These include substantive editing, line editing, and proofreading. Because the process of editoria...

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Ryerson’s Publishing Program: Insights and Inspirations from Two of TEC’s Editors

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Editor/writer  /  Language & editing
Jun 02, 2021 - Ronnie Morris & Samantha Rohrig

Ryerson University’s Publishing Program is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year!    Founded in 1990, the Certificate in Publishing is the larg...

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Active vs. Passive Voice: Understanding How and Why They Work

Apr 28, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Although there are some who would advocate for a world free of passive-voice constructions, an all-out ban on this wrongfully maligned verbal form wou...

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Find Your Forte with Editorial Niches

Editing  /  Style  /  Book reviews
Apr 07, 2021 - Samantha Rohrig

niche /niːʃ/  noun 1.  a shallow recess, esp. in a wall to contain a statue etc. 2.  a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment. 3. ...

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Ask the TEC Editors: What Is the Best Editing Advice You’ve Received?

Mar 24, 2021 - TEC Editors

Spring is here, and as the trees start to bud, and the snowdrops and crocuses start to poke their green tips out of the dirt, it’s hard not to think a...

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Resources and Tips to Help Editors Stay Current

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Usage
Mar 17, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Like any profession, editorial work involves keeping up with how professional standards and tools of the trade change over time. Unlike aviation stand...

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What Does “Heading A” Mean? Some Key Editing Terms Explained

Jan 14, 2021 - Michael Bedford

Editorial work entails a variety of different jobs. These include substantive editing, line editing, and proofreading. Because the process of editoria...

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6 Methods of Emphasizing Words and Ideas in Writing

Nov 18, 2020 - Michael Bedford

Emphatic writing allows writers the opportunity to drive home the importance of letters, words, phrases, sentences, and ideas. Aside from mechanical c...

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“Back to Basics” Editing Rules

Editing  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Editor/writer
Oct 21, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

In this week's blog, we decided to share some of the most basic editing rules that editors must remember to follow, regardless of what type of text th...

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Web Citations: Headache Extraordinaire?

Oct 14, 2020 - Jonathan Adjemian

Citing sources from the internet is something most academic writers do all the time; papers can be written without consulting a single sheet of paper....

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6 Faulty Writing Habits

May 20, 2020 - Lesley-Anne Longo

There’s never a bad time to refresh your writing skills, and now is as good a time as ever (especially if you’re finding yourself with some extra time...

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Midterm Madness: A Primer on How to Format Your APA Academic Paper

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Editor/writer  /  Writing  /  Writers support group
Nov 20, 2019 - Lesley-Anne Longo

November has rolled around again, which can only mean one thing (for students, anyway): midterms and papers are coming up and will be due before the w...

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Editing Acronyms and Initialisms: Tips on Using Them Effectively

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Writing  /  Writers support group
Sep 24, 2019 - Molly Rookwood

As anyone who edits (or writes) non-fiction knows, few things are as frustratingly difficult to keep straight as acronyms and initialisms. Two weeks a...

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Editing Acronyms and Initialisms: The Almost Impossible Task of Keeping Them Consistent

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Usage  /  Language & editing
Sep 11, 2019 - Ronnie Morris

It has been considered a usual style to shorten words in order to save time or space for some time now. Some of us will remember acronyms and initiali...

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The Online World of Grammar and Usage: Reliable Online Editorial Resources

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style
Jul 31, 2019 - Michael Bedford

Although you’re unlikely to find many writers or editors willing to give up the hard copies of their dictionaries or style and usage guides, working a...

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Possessives: Some Basic Rules on Using “s” and an Apostrophe

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style
Mar 20, 2019 - Jonathan Adjemian

The most common mistakes with grammar often involve seemingly simple things. In English, possession is indicated using an apostrophe and, usually, an ...

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To Friend or Unfriend? The Evolution of Nouns into Verbs

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Usage  /  Language & editing
Mar 06, 2019 - Molly Rookwood

In 2009, “unfriend” was the Oxford American Dictionary’s Word of the Year, leading to teeth-gnashing of grammar purists across the world. How could th...

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Tidying-Up Your Academic Writing: The Magic of the Reverse Outline

Editing  /  Grammar  /  Usage  /  Style  /  Editor/writer
Jan 24, 2019 - Melissa MacAulay

January is the time of year when we begin hearing from students who need help with their dissertations, theses, and papers. To help them out, we're re...

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The Online World of Grammar and Usage: Reliable Online Editorial Resources

Jan 16, 2019 - Michael Bedford

Although you’re unlikely to find many writers or editors willing to give up the hard copies of their dictionaries or style and usage guides, working a...

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What’s the Matter with ibid.?

Editing  /  Style
May 09, 2018 - Jonathan Adjemian

The Latin word ibidem, better known these days by its short form ibid., is one of the technical tools of academic writing and editing. Literally meani...

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3 Essentials for a Great Thesis or Dissertation

Editing  /  Style
Sep 09, 2015 - Melissa MacAulay

As one of our Academic Editors here at TEC, I've recently been working on a lot of graduate theses and dissertations, helping students to shape what t...

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5 Chicago-Style Citations for the Web-Savvy Editor

Editing  /  Style
Jan 05, 2015 - Melissa MacAulay

As 2015 rolls around, our use of social media continues to grow. Now, more than ever before, authors (both academic and non-academic) are citing socia...

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Punctuation Marks & Symbols: The Comma and the Hashtag

Editing  /  Style
Nov 06, 2013 - Sara Rozenberg

I wanted to write about punctuation marks and symbols because I’m fascinated by their use. When used correctly — that is, according to s...

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6 Simple Steps to Becoming a Confident Abbreviation User (CAU)

Editing  /  Style
Aug 02, 2013 - Jessie Hale

From the Jersey Shore (anyone up for GTL?) to high government offices (the GOP signed an MOA with the DED!), abbreviations are handy little tools ...