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Google docs for academic writing process

Google docs for academic writing process | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Google docs works well to model the writing process with EAP students, who are navigating the expectations and mechanics of an undergrad research paper. The assignment Suppose you've given an assig...

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Is there a definitive answer to this capitalization conundrum?

Is there a definitive answer to this capitalization conundrum? | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

 While trying to answer co-worker's question last week, I unearthed a contentious capitalization conundrum. (Try saying that 10 times fast.) And much like the wrangling over the serial comma, or for that matter, capitalization, this debate does not appear to have an easy answer. 

The question: do you capitalize a lowercase brand name if the brand name is used at the beginning of a sentence? Here are a couple examples:

eBay has a fabulous collection of vintage tube tops. iTunes must now compete with Amazon’s Prime Music.


The Chicago Manual of Style has this to say: “Brand names or names of companies that are spelled with a lowercase initial letter followed by a capital letter (eBay, iPod, iPhone, etc.) need not be capitalized at the beginning of a sentence or heading, though some editors may prefer to reword.” 

That wasn't always its rule, though....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 8, 2014 7:49 PM

When a brand's name begins with a lowercase letter, it can be the cause of some serious confusion. e.e. cummings would be amused at this vexing writer's challenge. Recommended reading. 9/10

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Reading and writing strategies for articles from scholarly journals (Peer Reviewed).

Reading and Writing Strategies for articles from Scholarly Journals (Peer Reviewed) presentation created by: Karen Hornberger Library Media Specialist Palisa...

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 25, 2014 1:33 AM

Short and well written slide show packed with wise advice. If you're in high school or graduate school these tips will save you stress and improve your  comprehension and the quality of your writing.  (Includes complete transcript of the presentation).

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How To Write Aims and Objectives for eLearning Courses

How To Write Aims and Objectives for eLearning Courses | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Aims and objectives can sometimes be incredibly confusing but every eLearning course needs to have them. Here's an explanation of what they are, why they're needed and a simple way to write aims and objectives for eLearning courses.

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Writing aims and objectives for eLearning Courses.

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The 51 Best Writing Articles I’ve Ever Read | Buffer

The 51 Best Writing Articles I’ve Ever Read | Buffer | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Everything I’ve learned has been self-taught.

And I’d love to share some of my favorite lessons.

I’ve emptied my swipe file. What you see here is everything I’ve starred and saved over the past five years. If you want to learn more about writing for the web, content marketing, and the most persuasive way to communicate online, I think here’s a pretty good place to start....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 8, 11:06 PM

Here's a great list of writing and blogging tips from Kevan Lee at Buffer. 

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This column will change your life: how to think about writing

This column will change your life: how to think about writing | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

The key thing to realise, Pinker argues, is that writing is "cognitively unnatural." For almost all human existence, nobody wrote anything; even after that, for millennia, only a tiny elite did so. And it remains an odd way to communicate. You can't see your readers' facial expressions. They can't ask for clarification. Often, you don't know who they are, or how much they know. How to make up for all this?


Pinker's answer builds on the work of two language scholars, Mark Turner and Francis-Noël Thomas, who label their approach "joint attention". Writing is a modern twist on an ancient, species-wide behaviour: drawing someone else's attention to something visible. 


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 7, 2014 1:50 AM

'The idea is to help readers discern something you know they'd be able to see, if only they were looking in the right place,' says Oliver Burkeman...

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10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic) | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.

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Phillip Newsome's curator insight, September 26, 2014 10:11 AM

 92% of companies that attributed the  acquisition of just 1 customer from blog activity posted multiple times per day.  Stay focused on your customers and hire a competent writer to handle this activity.

Christopher Lopez's curator insight, October 7, 2014 12:38 AM

Blogging is very essential to attract customers. It should be flawless.

Helen Stark's curator insight, October 7, 2014 10:17 AM

Cool infographic that will be useful for any blogger.

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Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to writing good abstracts

Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to writing good abstracts | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Article abstracts typically say little about what the researcher has discovered or what the key findings are, what they are arguing as a ‘bottom line’, or what key ‘take-away points’ they want read...

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