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.

  • Editing Tips: Punctuation in Chicago Style

    Editing Tips: Punctuation in Chicago Style

    Jul 23, 2020

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

    The Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS) contains a lot of information on punctuation! Some is just to remind the reader of standard usage ( For instance: We must decide soon for expedience’s sake. Are there any other elements of punctuation you would like to see explained on this blog or in the Knowadays courses? If […]

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  • Specialist Systems: AMA Referencing

    Specialist Systems: AMA Referencing

    Jul 12, 2020

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

    In our Becoming A Proofreader course, we look at some of the most widely used referencing systems, including APA, Chicago, MLA, and IEEE. But there are other systems available! In this post, for instance, we’re going to introduce the basics of AMA referencing. What Is AMA Referencing? AMA referencing is the citation style recommended by […]

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A Guide to Secondary Citations (AMA, APA, Chicago and MLA)

  • A Guide to Proofreading LaTeX Documents

    Jun 21, 2020

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Formatting
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    If you do a lot of academic proofreading, you will almost certainly encounter LaTeX at some point. And no, this doesn’t have anything to do with rubber gloves or clothing! To find out about the LaTeX system and what you need to know as proofreader, check out our guide below. What Is LaTeX? LaTeX (pronounced […]

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  • Editing Tips: How to Format Block Quotes

    Jun 18, 2020

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

    When proofreading academic writing, you may come across longer passages of quoted text. And while you would not usually edit quotations, most referencing systems require longer passages to be formatted as block quotes. In this post, we look at how that works. What Are Block Quotes? A block quote or block quotation is a quotation […]

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  • How and When to Use Sic in a Quotation

    Jun 11, 2020

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

    When proofreading, you might see the term ‘sic’ used in a quotation. However, many people misuse this term or use it when there is an alternative available. As such, proofreaders and editors should make sure they know how and when to use this term in a quotation. What Does ‘Sic’ Mean? And When Is It […]

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  • Editing Tips: Punctuation in AP Style

    Jun 07, 2020

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

    AP style – as set out in The Associated Press Stylebook – provides advice on many elements of writing, including punctuation. But what do you need to know about punctuation in AP style to work as a freelance proofreader? Becoming A Proofreader If you’d like a try a sample module of our Becoming A Proofreader […]

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  • Editing Tips: A Quick Guide to Formal Writing

    May 31, 2020

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

    One key stylistic distinction for proofreading is between informal and formal writing. But what is formal writing? What makes it formal? And when should a document use a formal style? In this post, we look at what you need to know to work on formal documents. What Are the Key Stylistic Features of Formal Writing? […]

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  • An Introduction to the AP Stylebook

    Apr 23, 2020

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

    The AP Stylebook is the go-to style guide for anyone working in journalism. But why is this guide so popular? And what do you need to know about it as a proofreader? Let’s take a look. What Is The Associated Press Stylebook? The Associated Press Stylebook is created by the Associated Press (AP), a major […]

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  • What to Do with the Singular They

    What to Do with the Singular They

    Apr 05, 2020

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style
    • Vocabulary Tips

    Becoming A Proofreader Are you interested in becoming a freelance proofreader, but not sure where to begin? Our comprehensive Becoming A Proofreader course is a great place to start! Sign up for a free trial and try it out today.

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  • How to Write a Style Sheet for Proofreading or Copy Editing

    How to Write a Style Sheet for Proofreading or Copy Editing

    Mar 22, 2020

    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Style guides are a vital resource for any proofreader or editor. But not every client will have one. And in some cases, you may need to create a custom style sheet when editing a document. But when do you need to create a style sheet? And what should it include? When Do I Need to […]

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