Punctuation Tips: Exclamation Mark Rules

Are you ready for some enthusiastic punctuation!? Because we’re here to talk about exclamation marks!! Some would say we’re a little overexcited about this!!!! But we can’t help it!!!!! Ahem. So...

Punctuation Tips: Brackets and Parentheses

As we all know, brackets are an essential part of ASCII art. However, they can also be useful for setting apart information in writing. Read on to find out how brackets can be used in different situat...

Punctuation Tips: Run-On Sentences

Good punctuation is essential for clarity in written work. It can also have a major effect on how writing flows, especially if you miss any run-on sentences in your documents. In this post, we’re go...

How to Work Quotes into an Essay

Quoting sources is essential in academic writing. But you can’t simply copy a passage you’ve found in a book and dump it just anywhere in your essay if you want it to make sense. As well as citing...

Punctuation Tips: How to Use Quotation Marks

Using quotation marks is essential in academic writing, especially when you’re using somebody else’s words. Failing to show that you’re quoting a source could even be seen as plagiarism! In this...

Punctuation Tips: How and When to Use Commas

Commas are such an everyday part of punctuation that, most of the time, we use them without thinking. We did exactly that when writing the previous sentence, for instance. However, there are formal ru...

The Mystery of the Semicolon Finally Revealed!

We’re going to have a hard time living up to that title. In all honesty, semicolons aren’t very mysterious. They’re just what you get when you balance a full stop on top of a comma. Despite this...

How to Use Hyphens and Dashes in an Essay

Hyphens and dashes are basically the same, right? Just little lines used to connect words? Well, sort of, but there are important distinctions you should keep in mind when writing an essay. What exact...

How to Use Apostrophes

Apostrophes are the bane of many proofreaders’ lives, simply because they are misused so often. Many times, we have sneaked out in the middle of the night with a pot of white paint and doctored ...

The Colon and How to Use It

The colon is a useful punctuation mark, but it should only be used in certain circumstances. In this post, we’ll look at how the colon should be used in academic writing. Explanations, Definitio...