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Writing texts in a scientific or educational setting: peer-reviewed articles, theses, text books, and others.

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A better word to indicate slow/high latency? [migrated]

We are comparing two techniques in computer science. We want to say X has "significantly high latency" when executed on system Y Is there a better one-word term we can use for the above to ...
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Where do the punctuation marks belong in this sentence?

I'm writing an essay and I need to know whether the following piece of writing is okay to use and where to put punctuation marks? Perhaps the ideal arrangement would be to spend part of the time in ...
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Citing sources within table and figure legends

I have a figure and a table within my results section that contains data I used software to collect. I have already cited this software within my paper, but to allow my figures to stand on their own I ...
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Are Said Phrases Dependent Clauses, Independent Clauses or Phrases? [migrated]

I have been stuck on these two questions for figuring out whether or not these are independent or dependent clauses/ phrases. The two are: a new year and the blues and the bad I think that "a ...
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Figure Annotation and Writing papers

If I had a figure like let's say imaginary figure A. If I were to use this figure, and only needed a segment should I put the whole figure in the academic Research paper or just the section? If so, ...
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What's the proper form of “As a judge of your parents actions”? [migrated]

A grammar checker is saying I have two options, but which one is proper since you have two parents: parents' parent's Note: this is for a Theology Masters paper that I hope to eventually publish ...
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Scientific Research Paper

Is it okay to reference material from a previous paragraph, like as follows "In paragraph 3" or "In the introduction"? Or do I have reassert the idea, if so does it have to require ...
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An essay on Career Goals

I have to write an essay on career goals. I am applying for a Master's program. Do I start from the basic as to why I chose the subject and how and what do I intend to do after the master's ...
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Writing a Thesis paper

What to do if you feel stuck while writing? Feels like you cant write a single fresh line. I don't know much words and also I have grammatically issue as well. Now that I am writing my discussion ...
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Is it bad to overuse the words 'that' and 'which', and how can you avoid doing so?

Currently, I am working on a paper. While writing, I noticed a problem. I used the word 'that' 78 times and 'which' 68 times in 32 pages. Will using these words so frequently affect the quality of my ...
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Introduction Techinques

What types of methods can be used in writing a scientific research paper introduction? I have read articles on a particular topic (COVID-19), and they are peer-reviewed scientific journals. My ...
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Indirect reference following brackets in scientific literature

I've got a bracketed reference in a scientific manuscript I'm writing, that immediately follows bracketed text like so: ...rather than visiting flowers that were in ‘same scent’ group (same scent and ...
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What is Considered Good Writing? How Do You Become a Good Writer?

This seems like a vague question but it is not. What is good writing? Does it have simply be concise and clear? Obviously, not. Writing that sounds beautiful is considered good writing? But, what ...
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How to write in an academic way and sound professional? [closed]

For example, how could I write the following sentences in an academic way? After I have contacted Dr. .., he has accepted to be on my supervision panel, he told me that he can contact you and ask you ...
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What format when referencing

I am writing an introductory level book about civil engineering and construction. I list the references at the very back. I show the title and name of author at a minimum. Do i need something else? is ...
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How do you write a good attention grabber for a style analysis essay?

I have to write a style analysis essay on the short story "Was it a Dream" by Guy de Maupassant and I'm getting stuck on the attention grabber. It should be pretty easy, but it isn't. I was ...
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Writing Style Guides

I am a college student and I find myself writing more essays, citing sources, and formatting papers according to their style guides (APA,MLA,...). However I found that most style guides are updated ...
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How to write a book based in many different books?

I'm writing a book about the different stories from religions that existed in my country some centuries ago. In order to learn more about them, I had to acquire over 20 books. Each of those has ...
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What could be a way to improve my English writing?

I know there are general recommendations to improve English writing skills but I wonder if anyone could suggest hyper-personalized ways for me. I studied English as a second language from middle ...
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Referencing figures, tables, sections and chapters: When to capitalize and when to use lower case letters

I know this question has been asked before, but I am still confused. That’s why I am asking again, but in a detailed way. In a scientific work, a master’s thesis for example, you will insert figures ...
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Where to indicate per figure if it is a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image?

I would like to submit my manuscript in ecology, containing Figures. However, in Author guidelines, I found that I have to Indicate per figure if it is a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image. But I ...
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What is the problem with starting a sentence with “and”?

Few months ago, in my school, someone checked my writing, and said, “I’m not a big fan of starting a sentence with ‘and’,” and I don’t see a problem with it. Can anyone answer why some people dislike ...
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mentioning time span in a thesis (from 2019 to 2020)

I would like to know if there is a need for the word "year" in this part of the sentence: "..., that took place from the 2019 to 2020,...". Should it be: "..., that took ...
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What is the proper way to insert a subsection into a section / end a subsection within a section?

Not sure if this belongs here, or math.stackexchange but what's the proper way to do a special case subsection in a section? This is mostly in a proof/logical statement context i.e. To show ... \...
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How to write useful and respectful comments and remarks on academic thesis, papers and other proof-read stuff to motivate and valuable author's work?

You are probably familiar with this situation: I spend weeks or months writing something and then give it to someone for proof-reading. When I get it back, some remarks bother me or annoy me. ...
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Punctuation of a quote inside parentheses - MLA

I was wondering how to properly format a quote inside parentheses in MLA. So far I have mostly used the third option, although the double parentheses seem a bit ugly. example: 1) He directs his ...
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How to cite a pic in my research paper?

I want to cite a pic from a published paper in my research paper. Could you please tell me how to cite the pic? The usual method to cite a reference is to add the reference number at the end of the ...
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What's the different between the part of Abstract and the part of Introduction in academic writing?

I'm really understand the two things between the Abstract and Introduction in academic writing. In my opinion, the Abstract just talks about the aim of the articial and the structure of articial. And ...
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APA - Citing foreign language texts

I have a written response that involves several sources from foreign languages (namely Latin and Italian, with the paper being written in English). How would I quote and reference these sources? For ...
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Is it appropriate to add a new reference in revising a manuscript?

Is it appropriate to add a new reference in the revised version of a manuscript?
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Using “her/him” twice in a sentence

I'm an English learner, and I had a question about writing "her" twice in one sentence. For example, what would sound better for formal writing? (This is not an actual sentence that I'm using.) This ...
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mentioning verbatim sentence of another research

Is it possible to use a verbatim sentence of another research in our own studies? I, as an undergraduate psychology student who doesn't have any research experience, have heard that this is not ...
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Alternative for “first” at the beginning of a sentence

I am writing a paper in the mathematics field, and I found out that very often (too often) I begin sentences and paragraphs with the word "first". For example, "First, define P as the string..." I ...
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How to introduce a “fourth reason” after having stated that there are “three main reasons”?

In an academic paper, I have written "There are three main arguments for why X is not Z." I have then discussed them like this: "First, ....​ (of medium length) The second argument is ...
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preposition for 'point of investigation' [closed]

We have sampling points where we take water samples from a river. We define them as points of investigation (e.g abb. P1) and use always 'concentrations in the P1' as the point is located in the river....
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Does this writing style have a proper name?

I'm curious to know if this style of writing (pattern) has a name. They can sometimes take up almost a full paragraph giving background about a specific person or subject when introducing them into an ...
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What does P mean in S.C.O.P.E.? [closed]

I know I might be the only one learning this but what does P mean in S.C.O.P.E.? I tried accessing a website but could not due to restrictions put on by the owner.
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APA style footnote explanation

What is the recommended way of explaining terms, like psychometrics, that are not essential to the paper (APA style)? Is it possble to add a footnote plus reference to explain the term? Or explain ...
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What is this writing style called and how can I remove pronouns?

Some background. I am currently in the editing phase of my dissertation and I have no clue what 'tense?'/'personage?'/writing 'style?' I have used. For example consider the sentence, "In this ...
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How can I cite multiple pages from the same site with no author listed in MLA?

I'm writing an MLA paper which in which I need to site 2 pages from https://www.merriam-webster.com. Here are what my citations look like in my works cited page: "dirigisme". Merriam-...
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Gerund vs noun in academic writing

I wonder what is the best way to describe things in an academic manuscript writing. for example, I have a sentence therefore, passivation of the surface or the introduction of additional interlayers ...
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In an academic Paper, should you mention/reference stuff like Definitions or Theorems? Or are they part of the “text flow”?

I'm not sure if my question is entirely subjective or not. I'm asking because maybe there is a "standard" way of doing it. I haven't found anything about this because it's kind of difficult to search ...
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Writing a press release without tacky self-promotion

I recently graduated from a university and was selected to participate in an exciting team event that likely would interest the public. One member from my time suggested that I either: (1) Write "...
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Order of “List of”s in TOC

Is there an accepted order in which "List of"s should appear in the document? For example, I have a section dedicated to "List of (Code) Listings", another for "List of Figures", and another for "...
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Can I put a strong sarcastic statement in “formal” speeches or debates

I have to write a speech on 'High level of illiteracy in [some country]', can I include a strong satire on bureaucrats, on power? I am not mentioning the sarcasm here, due to some reasons, (I will ...
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Will I use “the” in that instance or leave it with no article? [closed]

If I'm given a choice, to put "the" or leave the word with no article, what's the better answer? The world helps in boosting young confidence. The world helps in boosting the young confidence. Thank ...
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Explicit scientific syntax for academic writing (like a programming language but for scientific reports and publishing)?

This is a project I am thinking of working on in the future. Is anyone familiar with attempts to codify and create an explicit syntax for reporting science? E.g. like you would have specific ...
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Translation as a Master’s lthesis

Hi I am on final semester of my Master’s programme in Islamic Finance and my supervisor suggested me to translate one of his book from Arabic to English as my thesis. I wonder does translation counts ...
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Does the excessive use of parentheses around part of a word make writing fuzzy?

I would like to hear opinions about the use of parentheses around a word or part of a word to allow for more than one reading of a sentence. I see this quite often in scientific English written by ...
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Writing structure of a book review

I am writing a book review about the book My name is number 4 by Ting-Xing Ye. The book review is going to have a thesis statement, with 3 supporting arguments. I was wondering including those ...

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