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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Some points to note

Now that some writing is appearing in this blog space, I would like to draw the attention of all PPSEites to some rules of formal writing:

  • Avoid the use of short forms like i.e. and etc.
  • Use a space after a punctuation mark, not before
  • Avoid redundancy of words and phrases, like "sufficient enough" "In order to" "Needless to say". Keep the style crisp.
  • Every time you quote an author, attach the date of the publication in brackets. Use the surname of the author, with the first name as an initial. For example, when you quote Anita Rampal, you would write: Rampal, A. (1997) states that.......
  • In the bibliography or reference list that is mandatory at the end of the essay, the author's name would appear in alphabetical order in the same fashion.

I may add to this list as I read formal writing from you, so please watch out!! Do add to this list and if you disagree with any of these 'norms' we can always talk it through!


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