In an age where so many of us are getting information from social media and online sources, what is the correct way to cite that information in an academic paper? How would you include a tweet in a bibliography? How do you address multimedia sources such as recorded lectures, YouTube, and other audio-visual materials? When you get outside the realm of physical books, different types of digital and Internet sources abound. Thankfully, CMOS has guidelines for all of them.
Hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes—oh my! They may look similar (especially when working in front of a computer screen) but they each serve a distinct purpose, and their correct use shows attention to detail in professional writing. Let’s dive further into the particulars of using hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes correctly.
In today’s installment of Unpacking CMOS, we’d like to address those going back to school this fall. You’re likely going to be writing research papers of some kind—and that means writing citations. CMOS offers two approaches to writing citations: notes and bibliography vs. author-date. Let’s unpack the differences and benefits of each.
Poets use specific skills to enhance the way their words look, sound, and feel. Let’s look at four lessons from poetry that can strengthen your writing, whether you’re a novelist, blogger, or a technical writer.
Style guides are a critical element to help content producers keep their writing consistent and facilitate easier collaboration on documents. They provide guidance on everything from capitalization and punctuation to correct citation formats and use of numbers. But first you must decide which style guide is right for you.
In our content-saturated world, you don’t to want to lose your audience over easily avoidable mistakes. One simple way to improve your writing’s effectiveness is to solicit feedback from three valuable sources of review. Discover who they are and how they can strengthen your work.
How can quality technical writing help your small business? Whether you need a user manual for your company’s products or documentation for your internal processes and procedures, here are some basic tips for creating clear and informative technical documents that can improve operations and support product sales.