Style

In these posts, we look at how proofreaders and editors should approach different writing styles and document types. Let us know if there are any style issues you'd like us to cover on the blog.

  • Proofreading Tips: Punctuation in MHRA Style

    Proofreading Tips: Punctuation in MHRA Style

    Jul 01, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Common Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation
    • Style

    The MHRA Style Guide is often used in the humanities, especially in the UK. But what does a proofreader need to know when working on a document that follows this style? In this post, we will look at the rules for punctuation in MHRA style, including: General guidelines about the overall punctuation conventions in MHRA […]

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  • Proofreading Checklist: Thesis or Dissertation

    Proofreading Checklist: Thesis or Dissertation

    Jun 27, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Proofreading Resources
    • Style

    Whether at master’s or PhD level, theses and dissertations are complex documents. This can make them difficult to proofread. With that in mind, though, we’ve prepared this handy proofreading checklist you can use when working on a thesis or dissertation. Parts of the Thesis/Dissertation Theses and dissertations typically comprise several parts, including: A strong title […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Titles of Other Works in APA Style

    Jun 20, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    The APA Publication Manual is widely used in academic writing, especially in the social and sciences. If you’re proofreading this type of writing, you need to know how to format titles of other works in APA style. Here, then, we’ll offer some advice for proofreaders on the following: Where APA style suggests using title case […]

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  • A Proofreader’s Guide to Dates in AP Style

    Jun 13, 2021

    • Business Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    The Associated Press Stylebook is the go-to style guide for many writers, news outlets, and businesses. And if your clients use AP style, you’ll need to know how it works. With that in mind, here we’ll look at what proofreaders should know about dates in AP style, including: The basic date format (and when you […]

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  • Hyphens and Dashes in AMA Style

    Jun 06, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation
    • Style

    The AMA Manual of Style (11th edition) is an academic style guide widely used in the medical sciences. As an academic proofreader, then, you may need to learn the basics of this style. And, having previously introduced the AMA referencing system, this post will focus on how to use hyphens and dashes in AMA style. […]

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  • Titles of Other Works in AP Style

    May 30, 2021

    • Business Editing
    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    AP style – as set out in The Associated Press Stylebook – is commonly used in business writing and journalism. But did you know that the AP Stylebook has advice on how to present titles of other works, such as books, films, and musical compositions? It’s important to be aware of these rules so you […]

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  • Proofreading Checklist: Student Essay

    May 09, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Proofreading Resources
    • Style

    Academic proofreading can be a great source of work for freelancers. But what should you look for when proofreading a student essay? In this essay proofreading checklist, we set out the issues that often affect essays, from basic typos to errors with citations and formatting. Mechanical Issues No matter the document type, a proofreader can […]

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  • A Quick Guide to Dates in MHRA Style

    Apr 29, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    The Modern Humanities Research Association’s style guide (or MHRA style) is frequently used in the arts and humanities, particularly in the UK. We have covered referencing in MHRA style before, but here we’re going to look at how to present dates in MHRA style. Read on below to find out what to look for when […]

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  • A Proofreader's Introduction to IEEE Style

    A Proofreader's Introduction to IEEE Style

    Mar 25, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations
    • Style

    The IEEE Editorial Style Manual for Authors provides advice for anyone writing for an IEEE journal or publication. However, many technical writers and educational institutions also use IEEE style, so it is worth knowing the basics if you proofread technical writing. Here, we look at some key aspects of IEEE style that proofreaders should know. […]

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  • He Said, She Said: Tips for Editing Dialogue Tags

    He Said, She Said: Tips for Editing Dialogue Tags

    Mar 18, 2021

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Dialogue tags can help readers keep track of who is speaking in writing. But many authors overuse or misuse dialogue tags. As an editor or proofreader, then, it is worth keeping an eye out for issues when working on a novel or any other writing that features dialogue. In this post, we’ll look at common […]

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