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Shared Talk June 20, 2011

Are you studying a foreign language? Have you always wanted to become pen-pals with someone else who speaks the language, but don’t know very many people? And/or are you a native English speaker who wants to help an ESL individual by becoming their pen-pal?  If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then you may be interested in becoming a member of Rosetta Stone’s SharedTalk website. (more…)


Quick Questions – On Focus(ed) Groups March 14, 2011

Filed under: quick questions — DePaul UCWbL @ 15:25 pm
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Question: I am a bit confused about terminology. Should it be ‘focus group’ or ‘focused group’?  For example, if I am writing the sentence, ‘The chairman is thinking of setting up focus/focused group meetings to collect stakeholders’ views’, should I use focus or focused? Or it doesn’t matter? Thanks! —

Response: Hi —!  Although it seems to make perfect sense that one would refer to a group of people focused on a particular topic as a “focused group,” I have only ever heard it said “focus group.”



Quick Questions – On Citing Online Sources March 2, 2011

Filed under: quick questions,things that help writers — DePaul UCWbL @ 15:27 pm
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Question: How would I cite these two sources (MLA style): Source 1 and Source 2? Thanks, —

Response: Hi —! Thanks for your question. According to the seventh edition of the MLA handbook, works only cited on the web should follow this format: (more…)


For elevated language, FB M-W! October 6, 2010

Filed under: things that help writers — Mia Amélie @ 14:44 pm
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Open Writing Center appointments are as scarce as golden tickets lately.  As due dates approach and new assignments hit the table, WConline is accumulating more hits of its own as students check for that time-slot to go from baby blue to bright white. If you’re wait-listed and hoping for that opening notification, or if you’re abusing the refresh button, fingers crossed for new results, why not use that time waiting for the window to load as an opportunity to expand your vocabulary and improve your writing by logging on to… Facebook? (more…)


Cite this September 21, 2010

Filed under: things that help writers — Joe O. @ 15:09 pm
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One of the best online resources for writers I’ve come across recently is a website called BibMe. Using Bibme,  writers can craft bibliographies for their papers very quickly–and best of all–for free.  BibMe can even find the citation information for the book you’re citing (be careful to make sure you’re citing the correct edition). The site supports the following formats: MLA, APA, Chicago, and Tubarian. NB: the APA format style has not yet been updated to reflect the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association as of this posting.