Concise writing is direct, efficient, and contains only the words needed to convey a point. Writing this way can be challenging, especially for students and young professionals. It takes conscious effort to choose our words carefully and to not write the way we talk. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with the way we talk; but talking is usually informal while academic and workplace writing require a more formal tone and style.
The American Psychological Association (APA) citation style follows a particular set of guidelines for citing sources. As an English instructor, I know that APA can be confusing for students. They often wonder how they will ever be able to remember all those tedious little rules and conventions necessary for producing a credible academic paper. Admittedly, I myself have fallen victim to APA’s finicky “do this, don’t do that” guidelines.
I am not a frequent blogger. Weeks may go by without a word. When I do blog, it will be in keeping with APA style and other topics to help students become better, more effective writers.
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