Category Archives: Punctuation
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...

4 June 2017 | 0 comments



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...

13 April 2017 | 0 comments



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...

26 September 2016 | 0 comments



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...

6 May 2016 | 0 comments



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...

28 April 2016 | 0 comments



How to Use Apostrophes

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

20 October 2016 | 0 comments



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...

19 October 2016 | 0 comments



What is an Ellipsis?

An ellipsis is punctuation that can be used to cut down lengthy quotations, making it easier to focus on relevant points in a passage of text. It is composed of three dots, like this: ‘…’ Re...

19 October 2016 | 0 comments