We Assure You, These Tips Will Affect Your Writing

We Assure You, These Tips Will Affect Your Writing

Here are a couple common usage blunders we see quite often. Insure/ensure/assure Don't use insure unless you are talking about insurance. You might tell your teenager, "We have to insure your new car." Ensure is the verb you want to use to promise that a certain...

You Have a Lovely Figure

You Have a Lovely Figure

We’ve all hear the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is especially true when creating technical reports. Tables and figures can instantly clarify data or trends described in your document. Unlike an appendix, tables and figures should be placed in the...

Making a List, Checking it Twice

Making a List, Checking it Twice

When you make a trip to the grocery store, do you write an essay about what you want to buy? Hopefully not, because most sane people make a list. Lists make dense information easy to understand at a glance. Instead of searching through wordy sentence after wordy...

Information Overload

Information Overload

Large chunks of information can ruin the flow of an otherwise great document. Too much information can distract the reader from the overall point of your document, or cause them to lose interest altogether. Rather than overload your readers with data, definitions, and...

“Who Gives a **** About an Oxford Comma?”

“Who Gives a **** About an Oxford Comma?”

This lyric from the band Vampire Weekend asks a good question. The answer; I do. You see, commas are one of the most versatile punctuation marks. The oxford comma so detested by this “trustafarian” band is used in a list of three or more terms, after the...

Writing for Scientists: Active versus Passive Voice

Writing for Scientists: Active versus Passive Voice

As a scientist, you have a lot on your plate when it comes to writing. Above all, you have to clearly and concisely summarize your methods, results, and discussion. You have complex ideas to convey and detailed descriptions to effectively communicate to your reader....