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My referencing secret weapon

When I was at university I hated referencing. Where does the comma go? Why is a full stop here? And really who cares whether the book title or journal article title is italised? Now that I am an editor, I care. And not because you pay me to. I actually find the...

Capitalisation

As a content writer it is important that capitalisation is used correctly. This is especially important when working with government clients and adhering to style guides. The word capital comes from the Latin word capitula and was used to describe the first word of a...

Why you need an editor

Have you ever read something and thought to yourself, did the writer even read this before they published it? No matter how great a speller or writer, we all need a fresh set of eyes to look over our documents to find the errors we have missed. A professional editor...

Verbs

Verbs are the most important part of a sentence and are used to express an action or state of being. There are different types of verbs: Action verbs: these power your sentence and are used to express an action, i.e. she threw a plate.  Linking...

Proofreading tips

All documents benefit from a second pair of eyes proofreading and/or copyediting to check for errors. When you have been working on a document for some time your eyes trick you into seeing the word as it is supposed to be—not what is always on the page. However, if...

Common errors in theses

As a thesis editor, I have edited hundreds of theses; below are some of the common errors I find and some tips on making the process easier: Headings – use the headings setting under ‘styles’ in Word. Title, Heading 1, Heading 2, etc., this will make creating...