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Working from Home as an Independent Contract Proofreader: Considerations and Qualifications

on April 8, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Working From Home
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I never intended to become an independent contract proofreader, working from a lounge chair in a tropical forest on the Pacific coast of Mexico. But I love words and water, so that’s what happened.

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Business Texting vs. Emails

on April 4, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Business Proofreading and Editing
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It’s a good time to talk about formal vs. informal texting and texting vs. writing emails.

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Tips for Effective Use of Quotes

on April 2, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Quotes from outside sources are useful and necessary in research papers. If your paper includes a literature review in which you discuss your field’s relevant literature, you will use quotes to add clarity and precision to your summary and analysis.

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IEEE Referencing Style

on March 30, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing
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The Dummy Subject

on March 8, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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Dummy subject can add unnecessary fluff to a sentence, thus distracting readers from the point and muddling the writer’s meaning. They're easy to avoid.

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The Modern Writing Muse

on March 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Today, seeing as artists come in all manner of genders, and not many of us are Greco-Roman pagans, we can replace “female” with “Other” and “goddess” with “free agent” and see the Muse as very much alive and well in an artist’s life.

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AMA Referencing Style

on February 27, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools
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The next style we’re looking at is another of these specialist fields: medicine. The American Medical Association (AMA) has a particular style it prefers authors to follow when writing, and pre-med and medical students, doctors in residency, and researchers may all be asked to use this.

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CSE Referencing Style

on February 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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The physical sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, genetics, biological sciences, astronomy) often rely on CSE referencing, a style created and updated by the Council of Scientific Editors.

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Guide to Olde English

on January 22, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction
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“Olde English” is all made up, but the individual words themselves did exist in general conversation, and they do come with grammar rules.

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Commonly Misused Words

on January 14, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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I encounter incorrectly used words (and made up words) all the time, and today I’ll write about some I’ve noticed popping quite a bit recently, particularly in academic writing.

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Eggcorns and Idiomatic Writing

on January 3, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized
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A species of unconscious wordplay, eggcorns tend to be individual quirks; some, though, have become widespread in print, and a few have even started crowding the “proper” version of the phrase out of use.

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Vancouver Referencing Style

on December 29, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized
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Vancouver referencing, is a numeric system and the preferred style for most biomedical journals, so it applies to topics in medicine, biology, microbiology, neuroscience, and a whole range of other subjects.

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Easy Cross-References in MS Word

on December 24, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools
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With long electronic documents, it can be useful to make links that take readers to different sections of the paper, such as to a definition, a reference, or a table. For this, MS Word has the function Insert—Cross-reference.

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The Vocative Comma Is Important, People!

on December 6, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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The whole point of grammar is that the audience shouldn’t have to guess at what you’re trying to say. Missing vocative commas deeply change the meaning of their sentences,

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Italics and Quotes for Titles: A Guide

on December 3, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Titles come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have rules for formatting that you master with just a little work. Italics, quotes, even plain text: they all apply in certain situations. How do you know which is which?

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Writing Style vs. Grammar: Right, Wrong, or Neither?

on November 28, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing
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Recently it came to my attention that an issue I’d thought of for years as a grammar error is, in fact, a matter of personal writing style—my personal style, to be specific.

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Special Post: ProofreadingPal’s 2018 Holiday Hours

on November 20, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in News
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We will still be accepting proofreading orders 24/7, but we’ll have the following live customer service hours:

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Customizing the Spellchecker Dictionary

on November 3, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools
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There’s a dictionary that lives in your copy of Microsoft Word. In fact, there are several. In this blog, we’ll look at some ways to optimize and customize these tools to best suit your particular job.

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Words You Use but Don’t Know

on October 31, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Conversation is often more about phrases than words, to the point where we often use the phrases without thinking about the individual words at all.

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Collaborative Editing, Part 2: Google Docs

on October 27, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized
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Google Docs (GDocs) is a free software application from Google. If you have a Gmail account, you have access to Docs. Just click on the “Drive” icon in the upper-right menu of your account or go straight to docs.google.com.

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