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

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What is the true motivation/intention behind writing? [closed]

I can't understand for a long time why would someone even write? I am sure every one of us has thoughts in our minds. Some are more interesting than the others. Now, since we have our thoughts in our ...
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Capitalizing the name of a specific Theorem

What is the standard criteria of capitalizing the theorem names when writing a paper? Consider, for example, the Unique Games Conjecture. There are the following three possibilities of writing it (or ...
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“Pros” and “Cons” Separately

I am writing a paper. I am wondering can I use "Pros" and "Cons" as the title of two subsections separately? In other words, is it acceptable to use "pros" and "cons&...
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Seasoned tips for Academic writing? [closed]

Writing has to me been an painful endeavor since I’ve felt what I’ve written isn’t quite right. However when I do manage it, it’s very fulfilling. So I might as well try and get better at it. So so ...
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Leaving out the definitive article in academic writing

I'm currently finishing up my bachelors' thesis and I'm experimenting with the abstract. I checked my first draft with Grammarly and right away some words were underlined that Grammarly felt were ...
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An alternative word for 'should'

I'm writing a policy-relevant paper with policy recommendation. My supervisor (non-native in English) told me that I should not use a word 'should' for writing sentences for policy recommendation ...
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Is my method of arguing here bad?

For my English class, we had to write an essay on The Prince and while I thought that my essay had a good structure and sufficiently proved my claim, my professor thought it read like a "high ...
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How to write less like a student and more like a researcher?

I'm writing my first academic paper, and the feedback I got from my supervisors was that my writing sounds more like a student report than a scientific paper. What advice would you give a student when ...
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What should the order of sections be in a formal report?

How should I order the following sections in a formal report? Glossary Bibliography References Appendix
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When to use adjective forms of anatomical nouns in scientific writing?

Consider the following anatomical parts of crustacean: carapace, abdomen, and areola. In much of published literature, you'll see the phrases "carapace length", "abdomen length," ...
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Should the correspondent repeat their name in a formal letter?

The expected pattern for a formal letter to close the correspondence with the name of the correspondent. But, sometimes people write their names in the body of the letter as well. Is it superfluous to ...
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Is the word “coloured” offensive when writing about Apartheid?

I am writing a paper on Aparthied and I was going to use the word "coloured" in it, but I wasn't sure if it would be offensive or not. For context, it was a word used in South Africa to ...
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When to use simple past or present perfect in scientific papers?

What are the best rules for scientific papers to decide whether to put a sentence in simple past or present perfect tense? Example Shapiro et al. (2012) use present perfect in the following sentence: ...
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Sorting citations by date, using LibreOffice and Zotero

I am using LibreOffice for my writing and Zotero for my references. I want my citations to appear by date rather than by authors' names. Is there a way to do this?
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Tips to writing essays on ethics/philosophy

I have to write an essay in about 1200 words. The general theme is related to ethics, character, attitude, philosophy etc. Following are some topics from previous year exams. Customary morality ...
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Writing a critical analysis for a litereature review paper; where to start?

In my class on Intellectual Property for Engineers, I've been asked to write a critical analysis paper on A literature review of intellectual property management in technology transfer offices: From ...
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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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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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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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Is there a format to use 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 the author at a minimum. Do I need something else?...
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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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Punctuation of a quote inside parentheses

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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What's the difference between the abstract and the introduction in academic writing?

I'm really trying to understand the difference between the abstract and the introduction in academic writing. In my opinion, the abstract just talks about the aim of the article and the structure of ...
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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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