All you need to know about the optional-element slot on the MLA style template . . .
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This post explains when to use the present tense and when to use the past tense when discussing texts. Hint: the key is consistency . . .
Perhaps no mark of punctuation ruffles feathers more than the serial comma. But what about the serial semicolon? . . .
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Should you use “I” in academic writing? An editor offers guidance . . .
Though some writers still consider it jargon, the word problematize has gained general acceptance, at least in academic writing. But make sure to use it correctly . . .
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The new MLA Handbook recommends including URLs in works-cited-list entries for online works, but it also notes their drawbacks . . .
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Learn to recognize redundancy in your writing . . .
Writers sometimes ask their readers to understand too much. Here are a few common problems and how to remedy them. . . .
When each part of a plural subject possesses something individually, the thing possessed must generally be in the plural as well. But in several cases, the thing possessed should be in the singular. . . .
Authors often use quotation marks when nothing is being quoted. The marks may indicate irony, skepticism, derision—as such, they are sometimes called scare quotes. . . .