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Writing Tips

Theresa Bell, RRU's writing centre manager, publishes a monthly writing tip for the RRU community. Please click on the links below to read the writing tips, which are ordered alphabetically by title within the categories. If you have any questions, please contact the Writing Centre.

APA Style





  1. Abbreviations & acronyms
  2. Aligning the running head and page numbers
  3. APA Style citations checklist
  4. APA Style formatting checklist
  5. APA Style references checklist
  6. Citations versus attributions
  7. Citing personal communication
  8. Citing resources by the same author
  9. Citing tweets in APA Style
  10. Common knowledge
  11. DOI update (May 2017)
  12. DOIs in APA Style references
  13. First person pronouns (I, me)
  14. Improve choppy writing
  15. Include citations in word count?
  16. Numbers in APA Style
  17. Search WriteAnswers for APA Q&A
  18. Spaces after a period?
  19. Using the APA Style Blog
  20. Using and formatting epigraphs
  21. Verb tense and APA Style


  1. Active versus passive voice
  2. Avoid vague pronouns
  3. Back to basics with capitalization
  4. Back to basics with prepositions
  5. Capitalizing after semicolons or colons
  6. Checking sentence-level grammar
  7. Edit modifiers for concision
  8. First person pronouns (I, me)
  9. Misplaced modifiers
  10. Noun and pronoun consistency
  11. Starting a sentence with "but" or "so"
  1. Back to basics with apostrophes
  2. Back to basics with colons
  3. Back to basics with commas
  4. Back to basics with periods
  5. Back to basics with semicolons
  6. Ellipses
  7. En or em dash?
  8. Spaces after a period?
  1. Assess yourself as a writer
  2. Audience awareness
  3. Audience awareness II
  4. Building persuasive arguments
  5. Concluding paragraphs
  6. Creating strong titles
  7. Effective meeting summaries
  8. Editing and revising strategies
  9. Improve choppy writing
  10. Improving flow and logic
  11. Introductory paragraphs
  12. Overcoming writer's block
  13. Plan writing with PowerPoint
  14. Reviewing other people's writing
  15. Speech-to-text tools
  16. Speeding up the writing process
  17. Title pages
  18. Transitions
  19. Understanding plagiarism
  20. "Writing an Academic Paragraph"
  1. Affect or effect?
  2. A lot, not alot
  3. Continually vs. continously
  4. Each other or one another?
  5. Either/or versus neither/nor
  6. I.e. isn't the same as e.g.
  7. In regard/regards to?
  8. Is data singular or plural?
  9. Less or fewer? More than or over?
  10. Rang or rung?
  11. Should you contact me/myself?
  12. Since versus because
  13. That or which?
  14. Then or than?
  15. Will you lay or lie down?
  16. When to use I/me/myself
  17. Who or whom?

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