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5 Tips for a Superb Search Strategy

Having a good search strategy (i.e. a system for searching existing literature in your field) is crucial when writing an essay. In longer documents, like a PhD thesis, you may also have to document yo...

Secondary Citations (Harvard, APA and Chicago)

Researching an essay can be like following a trail of clues: you find a textbook that cites something interesting, so you look up that text and find another citation, which leads you to another book w...

Word Choice: Began vs. Begun

The word ‘begin’ (meaning ‘start’) rarely causes confusion in the present tense. However, when it comes to other tenses, things get more complicated. ‘Began’ and ‘begun’, for example, ...

Keep It Brief! (4 Ways to Shorten Sentences)

Some authors love long sentences. In ‘The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship’, for example, Gabriel Garcia Marquez managed to string together 2,156 words in a single sentence. Garcia Marquez is a Nobel...