Tips for clearer writing - TIPS FOR CLEARER(AND SAFER WRITING 1 Before you turn in your paper make an archive copy for yourself In the event of a lost

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TIPS FOR CLEARER (AND SAFER) WRITING 1. Before you turn in your paper, make an archive copy for yourself. In the event of a lost paper, this can avoid a bad situation. 2. Papers should have title pages, with a creative title that both attracts reader interest and describes your paper. 3. Paginate your papers. 4. PROOFREAD your papers before submitting them. Make sure to use the “spell check” and/or “grammar check” utility(ies), but do not rely exclusively on them. Does the paper make sense? 5. Try to include your own thoughts; don’t just synopsize those of the writers. I’ve also read the assigned readings; tell me something new. Try not to overquote; sometimes in undergraduate courses we tend to include quotes in a paper just for their own sake. 6. Use subheadings to effectively organize papers. 7. Try to use active, rather than passive, voice whenever possible. Avoid starting sentences with “There is ... ”, “It is apparent that ...,” etc.
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