Style Guides and Serial Killers: How Language Can Help Solve Crimes
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Note: This post was adapted from content I originally published in the August 18, 2017, edition of the Fostered Creativity newsletter. I’ve been watching the Discovery series Manhunt: Unabomber, which bored me until we got to the third episode, “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree,” when the FBI starts analyzing the Unabomber’s manifesto to see if […]

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Important Updates to the AMA Manual of Style
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If, like me, you edit academic or nonfiction manuscripts that follow the AMA Manual of Style, you may not be aware of some of the updates that have been made since the manual was published online in 2009, especially if you only reference the hard copy. These changes didn’t warrant publishing a new version of […]

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10 Quirky Rules of APA Style
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As a freelance academic editor, I spend a lot of my time learning various style guides. I am familiar with the big ones (AMA, APA, Chicago, MLA), but clients often have their own in-house style guides as well. They might follow Chicago style up to a point but also borrow elements from APA style. Learning […]

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