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Last update: 2013-06-27

Thesis/Dissertation Writing Series: Thesis Editing

2013-06-27 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 2m 59s

The first time around, your thesis draft isn’t going to be at its top potential, the mechanics of thesis editing need to be developed in order for your essay to communicate your ideas as clearly and precisely as possible. In this podcast, we discuss such things as choosing a style and being consistent throughout the editing process.…

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Traditional Publishing versus Self-Publishing

2013-06-20 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 57s

If you are a writer nearing the end of your writing project, it may be time to consider your publishing options. If you are wondering whether to use a publishing service or self-publish, this podcast provides basic information about both options in order to help you make a decision.…

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Understanding the Change to ISBN-13

2013-06-13 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 50s

If you want your work sold worldwide, you need an International Standard Book Number. In recent years, various changes have been made that affect authors. We explain these changes in this podcast.…

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What Is an API and How Can I Streamline Operations by Using One?

2013-06-06 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 48s

Application Programming Interface may sound complicated, but this podcast will give you a simple understanding of how to incorporate the use of APIs as a way to save time and money by addressing basic questions, like “what is an API?” and “Why Use One?”…

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Thesis/Dissertation Writing Series: How to Write a Literature Review

2013-05-30 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 54s

Thinking of a thesis topic is only the first step. If you are ready to refine your research questions and thoroughly plan your paper, you will want to write a literature review. This podcast outlines the goals of a literature review and prepares you to organize, write, and edit one.…

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Five Habits to Avoid in Academic Writing

2013-05-23 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 51s

Everyone wants to sound smart and professional in their academic writing, but there are instances when an attempt to do so can come off as unappealing or difficult to follow. If you are a student or academic, this podcast can help you determine what to avoid in your writing.…

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How to Write a Book Report—Part Two

2013-05-16 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 6m 5s

Now that you have taken notes and organized your thoughts, it is time to write a book report that will include an analysis of the material you read. This podcast will help you to write a good introduction, summarize your thoughts, and keep your ideas structured.…

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How to Write a Research Paper

2013-05-09 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 3m 50s

If you are asked to write a research paper, you must find valid sources and use appropriate formatting. In this podcast, we explain the whole process.…

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How to Write a Research Proposal—Part Two

2013-05-02 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 38s

This podcast details the anatomy of a research proposal. While there may be no wrong way to write a proposal, the style you choose must complement your content. Having a clear description of what you wish to research and the necessity of demonstrating your knowledge are just two points covered in this podcast.…

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How to Write a Resume

2013-04-25 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 6m 52s

What information you choose to include in your resume is just as important as how you format it. Your resume might look great, but if the content doesn’t impress potential employers, you won’t be hired. This podcast outlines the different types of resumes so you can tailor your resume to suit specific employers.…

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Editing Tips—Active and Passive Voice

2013-04-17 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 1s

As you are writing your novel, it is helpful to keep some tips in mind that will help strengthen your overall storytelling. One way to improve your writing is to use the active rather than the passive voice. If you are interested in learning more about active and passive voice, listen to this podcast!…

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Does Expository Writing Have You Confused?

2013-04-11 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 4s

If you have to write an expository essay, but don't know how, then this podcast is the perfect tool to help you learn. After becoming informed about the characteristics of an expository piece, how they are formatted, what should be included and methods to writing them, you will be ready to begin!…

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Thesis/Dissertation Writing Series: How to Write a Thesis or Dissertation

2013-04-04 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 43s

Writing your dissertation or thesis is a detailed process that will run smoothly if you keep organized. If you are looking for help on how to write the first draft of your dissertation or thesis, this podcast is perfect for you!…

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How to Use Quotation Marks

2013-03-28 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 7s

Knowing where to include quotation marks and which ones to use can be confusing. Scribendi.com's editors have prepared this podcast to refresh your memory on quotation marks, explain their use in meta-language, and highlight cases of unusual and/or incorrect usage.…

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Understanding Social Networking Web Sites

2013-03-21 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 11s

Social networking sites have become a popular way to communicate for both personal and business motives, so this podcast gives you a foundation for understanding online social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We also highlight the importance of expanding your networks and portraying yourself favorably with your profile.…

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The Semicolon and Colon

2013-03-14 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 8m 15s

Using semicolons and colons in your writing allows you to include more information; however, the proper use of these valuable punctuation tools can also be confusing. This podcast will help you understand how to use semicolons and colons appropriately.…

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The Preposition Proposition

2013-03-07 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 6m 8s

Appropriately incorporating prepositions in your writing can really make a difference, but it can also be difficult if you are inexperienced in writing English. If you are interested in better understanding what prepositions are, how to use them properly, and how to avoid confusion, this podcast will prove helpful.…

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The Plot Skeleton: How to Write a Plot Outline

2013-02-28 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 1s

A plot skeleton can also be called a plot outline—the structure or bare bones of a story. How to write a successful plot outline that incorporates characters, plot, and climax is the subject of this podcast.…

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The Comma—Part Two: Using Commas

2013-02-21 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 32s

While The Comma-Part 1 looked at the basic meaning and rules behind the comma, this second instillation goes farther into addressing when to actually use this form of punctuation. By giving an explanation and examples of incorporating commas appropriately into writing such things as dates, titles, addresses, and coordinate adjectives, this podcast is beneficial to those wanting to learn how to communicate clearly through the proper use of the comma.…

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Technical Writing

2013-02-14 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 41s

Technical writers have to be clear and concise to convey complex information to a general audience. If you want to learn more about how to write manuals, training material, or other documentation of a technical nature, then this podcast will be of use. Pointers, such as know your audience and inject some personality, are included in this podcast. These and other basic rules will help make you a good technical writer.…

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Quotation Marks: When to Use Double or Single Quotation Marks

2013-02-07 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 1s

If you need some clarification on whether to use single or double quotation marks, this podcast is for you. Knowing the appropriate way to use these quotation marks is critical for clearly articulating what you want to say.…

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Lab Reports and Scientific Papers—Lab Report Writing

2013-01-31 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 25s

Formatting your report is one thing; writing it is another. This podcast provides ten key suggestions, such as to approach your document with as much professionalism as possible and begin each paragraph with a topic sentence. These tips will help you write a successful lab report.…

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Lab Reports and Scientific Papers—Lab Report Format

2013-01-24 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 7m 32s

How you format your lab report is important if you want your work to be organized and clear to readers. This podcast details how to format your report properly.…

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Lab Reports and Scientific Papers—Lab Report Citation Style

2013-01-17 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 25s

Are you in a science program that requires you to write lab reports or a scientific paper? If so, it is important for you to follow the correct citation style. This podcast details scientific citation styles.…

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How to Write a Query Letter

2013-01-10 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 51s

A query letter is a way for you to attract the attention of an editor who may not otherwise read your unsolicited manuscript. Editors read query letters to find new content, and writing one that uses a business format can help. Of course, having a good hook is critical!…

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How to Write a Press Release

2013-01-03 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 10s

Press releases are important to any business that wishes to highlight company events. Such releases generate public interest and awareness of a business, product, and/or service. This podcast outlines how to write an effective press release.…

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How to Write a Preface and a Foreword

2012-12-27 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 3m 56s

If you have decided to write a preface or have been asked to write a forward, you may require some guidance. In this podcast, we explain a preface and a forward, as well as what to include in them.…

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How to Write a Post-Interview Follow-Up Letter

2012-12-20 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 3m 35s

It is never a bad idea to follow up after an interview, either by e-mail or formal letter. This shows you appreciate being considered for the position, that you are still interested, and that you are waiting for a response. How to write a follow-up letter that will keep the lines of communication open, who to send the letter to, and when to send it are all covered in this podcast.…

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How to Write a Letter of Recommendation

2012-12-13 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 13s

If you are looking for tips on how to write a generic recommendation letter, then this podcast will prove useful. It details the proper style, tone, and content of an effective recommendation letter.…

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How to Write a Functional Resume

2012-12-06 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 42s

In today's economic environment, it is not easy to find a job. Having a functional resume can help! In this podcast, we explain how to construct a resume that will showcase your talents, highlight your achievements, and appeal to potential employers.…

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How to Write a CV

2012-11-29 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 3m 36s

A curriculum vitae is a good way to give a positive first impression. This podcast will outline the differences between a CV and a resume, when a CV should be used, and how to make your CV detailed, yet focused.…

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How to Write a Dedication

2012-11-22 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 3m 49s

Given the opportunity to thank those who have helped you achieve a milestone in your life, it can be difficult to know what to say and how to say it. This podcast details how to write a dedication, including how to identify the people and how to address the dedication details.…

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How to Write a Cover Letter

2012-11-15 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 6m 41s

Formatting a cover letter is important, but the actual content is even more important. This podcast will help you understand how to highlight your most valuable attributes.…

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How to Write a College Recommendation Letter

2012-11-08 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 2m 16s

If you are asked to write a college recommendation letter, you have some power over whether that student is accepted into a particular program. This podcast covers how to write the introduction, body, and conclusion of a recommendation letter.…

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How to Write a Business Plan

2012-11-01 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 6m 56s

Establishing a business is a complex process. It should start with a detailed business plan. This podcast will cover such issues as the business profile, contacts, financing, marketing, and even bankruptcy plans, all of which are important for a successful business.…

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How to Write a Business Pitch

2012-10-25 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 3m 6s

A great business pitch is necessary if you hope to attract an investor's interest. When pitching your idea, there are certain things you can do to improve your presentation. This podcast covers such issues as what details you should emphasize, what research you should do, and how long your speech should be.…

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How to Use Brackets (Parentheses) Properly

2012-10-18 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 33s

If you know how to properly use brackets, you have the ability to fit more information in a sentence without appearing cluttered or hard to follow. This podcast highlights how to use four different types of brackets in both formal and informal writing.…

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How to Use Apostrophes Correctly

2012-10-11 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 11m 16s

The apostrophe is an overlooked part of punctuation that is often misused or ignored completely. This podcast tells you how to use apostrophes correctly, whether you are trying to show possession (e.g., Fred's car) or indicate the omission of a letter (e.g., it's).…

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How to Research a Term Paper

2012-10-04 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 19s

You have attended class all semester, and it is finally time to write your final essay. However, with so much information and so many potential topics, it can be hard to get started and stay organized. This podcast will help you understand how to go about choosing a topic, conducting research, and finding sources.…

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How to Get Published

2012-09-27 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 10s

Getting published is a big step and should involve a lot of research. If you are wondering how to choose a publisher, or agent, and what to do next, this podcast will be a helpful resource.…

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How to Format a Resume

2012-09-20 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 57s

If you have a lot you want to say on your resume, or perhaps if you don't have enough, proper formatting can be a valuable way to manage your words. Your resume should be clear, concise, and guide your potential employer. This podcast will help you determine what to feature in your resume and the most appealing way to format that information.…

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How to Format a CV

2012-09-13 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 10m 15s

There are several important components of a CV. It is after you address these basic elements that you can customize your CV to suit a particular employer. Fourteen valuable components of CVs are discussed in this podcast.…

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How to Format a Cover Letter

2012-09-06 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 4s

Here at Scribendi.com, we know how important first impressions are, especially the first impression created by your cover letter. This podcast outlines how you can format your cover letter in a way that appeals to your potential employer and distinguishes you from other applicants.…

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How to Copyright a Book

2012-08-30 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 11m 28s

This podcast examines the realities of copyrighting when using traditional publishing methods. Rights and subsidiary rights, such as paperback reprinting rights and first rights, which may be requested with the offer to publish, are detailed.…

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Homophones: Do You Mean There, Their, or They're?

2012-08-23 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 3m 41s

Many people have a difficult time grasping the fine details of English grammar, and a common ESL mistake is mixing up different words that sound the same. Homophones are dissected in detail in this podcast.…

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Golden Rules for a Good Plot

2012-08-15 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 11s

If you are having trouble creating a good plot, take the time to listen to this podcast. The five golden rules discussed, such as creating a plot skeleton, will help you organize your story ideas into a successful design.…

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Citation Software: Tired of Manually Organizing Your Citations?

2012-08-09 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 48s

If you are a student writing essays, citing your sources is a tedious but necessary task. If you are thinking about purchasing citation software so you no longer have to do citations manually, this podcast offers a review of the top three citation software options: CiteULike, Zotero, and Mendeley Desktop.…

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How to Avoid Telling Writing in Fiction

2012-08-02 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 58s

When writing fiction, you want your reader to travel to your written world and see the characters and surroundings the way you do. However, this can be difficult when an author uses "telling" writing instead of "showing" writing. This podcast gives you tips on how to avoid telling writing, such as making use of the five senses and dialogue.…

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All About Adjectives

2012-07-26 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 6m 47s

English just wouldn't be the same without these descriptive words. If you're looking for detailed explanations and examples of what an adjective is and how to place them properly, then this podcast will answer all your questions.…

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Adjectives or Adverbs?

2012-07-19 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 21s

This podcast provides definitions and examples of both adjectives and adverbs. It highlights key points to remember when identifying and including them in your writing and provides a few exceptions you should be aware of.…

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Time Management Techniques for Academics

2012-07-13 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 43s

Are you feeling overwhelmed at work, with not enough time in the day to get everything done? Your problem may not be a lack of time, but how you manage the time you have. The editors at Scribendi.com have compiled a list of 10 helpful ways you can manage your time better.…

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The Question Mark: How and When to Use It

2012-07-06 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 15s

The usage of question marks depends on context. This podcast outlines how to use question marks properly, and provides you with clear examples. The use of question marks in screen plays and in formal and informal writing is also discussed in detail.…

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The Correct Use of Acronyms

2012-06-29 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 51s

Texting has become so popular that using acronyms has become a strategy of twenty-first century communication. However, there is an appropriate and inappropriate time to use acronyms. If you are interested in learning more about what acronyms are and when and how to use them, listen to this podcast!…

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The Comma—Part One: What is a Comma?

2012-06-22 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 6m 52s

Do you ever wonder if you are using too many commas or not enough? In this podcast, we explain what a comma is and how to use it.…

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Short Stories: Wondering How to Fit Your Big Ideas into a Small Space?

2012-06-15 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 3m 31s

Do you have great ideas for a story, but don't have the time to write a full-length novel? Maybe you should consider writing a short story. This podcast details how to turn your ideas into a narrative for a short story, outlines what to include, and provides suggestions on how to organize your thoughts.…

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Seven Ways to Stay Awake

2012-06-08 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 6m 20s

Do you find yourself falling asleep in situations where you shouldn’t, perhaps during class or a business meeting? In this podcast, we suggest various tricks, such as stretching, to help you stay awake!…

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Quotation Marks: How to Format Quotation Marks

2012-06-01 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 3m 45s

There is actually a lot to consider when using quotation marks, including when to use single or double quotation marks and how to format a quote within a quote. These questions, among others, are answered in this podcast.…

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How to Write an Outline: Help! My Paper Is Due in Four Hours and I Can't Get Started!

2012-05-25 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 0s

Writing an outline is an excellent way to help you organize your thoughts and research. An outline should detail how you plan to arrange your essay. This podcast offers helpful information to get you started.…

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How to Write a Letter of Complaint

2012-05-17 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 3m 32s

Most people do not like to complain, but writing a tasteful letter of complaint is one way to express your views. This podcast will help you organize your letter and keep it professional.…

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How to Write a Book Review

2012-05-11 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 8m 38s

When writing a book review, it is important to know the difference between a review and a report or summary—reviewing means discussing the strengths and weaknesses of a book. This podcast details ways to keep your review critical and how to support your argument.…

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Full Stops: A How-To Guide

2012-05-04 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 58s

There are multiple forms of full stops or symbols used to signal the end of a sentence, each used under different circumstances. When to use a full stop and the proper form to use are discussed in this podcast.…

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Finding Time to Write

2012-04-27 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 7m 47s

Whether you work a second job, go to school, have a family, or all three, it can be hard to find the time to write. In this podcast, Scribendi.com editors provide time management techniques to help you maintain a schedule and keep you on top of your writing goals.…

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Everything You Need to Know about Italics

2012-04-20 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 17s

While italics are used in both science and arts/humanities writing, they are applied in different ways. In this podcast, to the appropriate use of italics is discussed in detail.…

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Essay Writing: Traffic Signs for Readers

2012-04-13 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 14s

Writing a term paper is like driving a car. If you want to keep them engaged, then you have to steer your readers clearly through what you are trying to say. This podcast will help you do just that by highlighting “traffic signals” that can be applied to your writing in order to guide readers on their journey through your paper.…

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ESL Writing Tips

2012-04-06 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 52s

You may be great at writing in your native language, but during the translation process what you are trying to say may come across as being inconsistent or unclear. This podcast will give ESL writers some helpful tips to improve their compositions.…

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Editing Versus Proofreading

2012-03-30 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 25s

If you are looking for professional help with your writing, it is important to know what you need help with. The differences between editing and proofreading are outlined in this podcast. Knowing these differences will help you obtain the most appropriate service.…

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Editing Tips—Making Comparisons

2012-03-23 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 1s

As part of the Editing Tips series, this podcast gives suggestions about how to make comparisons in academic writing in order to give your reader all the necessary information. Tips and examples of how to avoid a phantom comparison are supplied to help ensure the clarity of your writing.…

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E-book Publishing

2012-03-16 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 5m 17s

We belong to a generation that values having knowledge at its fingertips. Innovations, such as the E-book, have provided alternatives to the traditional methods of receiving documents (or written text). If you are looking to publish your work, this podcast will outline some advantages and disadvantages of E-book publishing.…

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The Functions of Conjunctions

2012-03-08 :: Scribendi.com
Length: 4m 13s

Conjunctions are an important element in business writing. Their proper use can improve sentence structure and, consequently, the overall effect of your writing. The different kinds of conjunctions, or ways to connect two sentences, are discussed in this podcast.…

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