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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. Citing personal communication
  7. Citing resources by the same author
  8. Citing tweets in APA Style
  9. Common knowledge
  10. DOI update (May 2017)
  11. DOIs in APA Style references
  12. First person pronouns (I, me)
  13. Include citations in word count?
  14. Numbers in APA Style
  15. Search WriteAnswers for APA Q&A
  16. Spaces after a period?
  17. Using the APA Style Blog
  18. Using and formatting epigraphs
  19. 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. Building persuasive arguments
  4. Concluding paragraphs
  5. Creating strong titles
  6. Effective meeting summaries
  7. Editing and revising strategies
  8. Improving flow and logic
  9. Introductory paragraphs
  10. Overcoming writer's block
  11. Plan writing with PowerPoint
  12. Reviewing other people's writing
  13. Speech-to-text tools
  14. Speeding up the writing process
  15. Title pages
  16. Transitions
  17. Understanding plagiarism
  18. "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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