This handout is designed to give you a brief overview of the primary goals and rules of journalistic writing. With over 5,000 entries, the official Associated Press (AP) Style Handbook provides guidelines for everything from state abbreviations to social media. If you have a question about formatting, make sure to look it up in the handbook!
A lab report formally presents your research findings to someone who needs or is otherwise interested in that information.
Sexist language is language that is meant to include all people, but that inadvertently excludes either men or women.
Why do writers need to avoid sexist language?
To: Students of the University of Texas
From: The Undergraduate Writing Center
Subject: Hints for Writing Memos
Students are sometimes asked to write in a “memo format.” In order to assist, we are issuing this handout, in the format of a memo, to advise students on the key points of memo writing.
When writing memos, students should discuss the most important information first, include all relevant information, and maintain the proper format.
The following checklist is one tool that you can use to self-edit your work. This list is designed to help you in the final stages of writing, after you have already worked on content, organization, coherence, and flow. Following these steps will help make you aware of sentence-level issues in your essay, prioritize the issues that you need to address, and focus your attention on those issues so that you can effectively manage your time. Through this process, you can become a more independent writer.
What is subject-verb agreement?
Subject-verb agreement is a grammar rule that requires the subject (noun) to agree in number and person with the verb. So if the subject of a sentence is singular, the verb must be singular. If the subject of a sentence is plural, the verb must be plural.
Step one: Identify the subject
In any sentence, the subject is the noun referring to the person or thing that performs an action.
A book review is your chance to engage with a work of scholarship: to pick it apart and critique its structure, argument, and evidence. It’s not a summary of a work just to prove you have read it.
Step One: Closely Reading the Work
A sound book review comes from a thorough reading of the source text. So start by asking yourself a few questions about the book:
Writers can find a lot of ways to embarrass themselves when they write about people: for starters, they can use out-of-date names, discriminatory language, and belittling terms. Because these mistakes impact a writer’s credibility, great writers pay attention to these concerns. Correct references to people don’t need to be mannered or awkward. They just need to be accurate and up to date.
Ten ways to avoid putting your foot in your mouth:
1. Don’t assume a job or action is performed by only one gender. Consider this:
When used properly, quotations can add authority, persuasion, and strength to your argument. However, quotations should only supplement your argument. Don’t make an argument of only quotations – then it’s not your argument. Getting the hang of using quotations correctly can be tricky. The guidelines below will help you. Remember that all quotes must be properly cited.
When to use quotations
Taking an essay exam is very different than writing a term paper or take-home report. You’ll have only a limited amount of time to compose your thoughts, organize them, and get them down on paper. This may seem a little intimidating, but there is one very important thing you should realize: your professor does not expect a perfect essay after just one short hour (or whatever your time limit is). What he or she does expect is that you turn in a coherent, intelligent, and readable response that clearly answers the prompt. Here are some tips to help you do just that.