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A very short canon of philosophers who are great writers

A very short canon of philosophers who are great writers, and may help teach how to make good arguments: (I have divided this list into “analytical” and “Continental” philosophers (for a detailed discussion of the differences between the two traditions, see… Continue Reading →

On jargon: when should you avoid it, and how to use it properly

On jargon: when should you avoid it, and how to use it properly Jargon is words that name concepts that are in wide use in a given field of scholarly or professional discourse.  Their value is that they name a kind… Continue Reading →

Why you should not have your friend edit your paper

Why you should not have your friend edit your paper Amateurs inevitably confuse editing with proofreading.  Proofreading is a relatively small and less important aspect of editing. Proofreading is mechanical, and only concerns spelling, grammar, and other rule-governed aspects of… Continue Reading →

Why you should never write your own letter of recommendation (and how we can still help with them)

Why you should never write your own letter of recommendation The reason you should not write your own recommendation is that you cannot write one that is good enough. A good recommendation is from someone who can (and is willing… Continue Reading →

What plagiarism (academic cheating) is (in the English-speaking world), and how to avoid doing it by mistake

Avoiding Plagiarism: What Every Student Writer Must Know We provide a legitimate service: we edit papers, we won’t write them for you.  At a substantive level, we can make suggestions, and often do, and as broadly-educated specialists in university writing… Continue Reading →

Selected books on aspects of good scholarly writing: An annotated list

Books on Writing General Guides to Writing If you can only afford one book, we recommend The Craft of Research.  If you can afford two books, get this and The New Oxford Guide to Writing.  See capsule descriptions below. Both are inexpensive… Continue Reading →

How do you write a good scholarly essay in English? Elements of argumentative writing

How do you write a good scholarly essay in English?  Elements of argumentative writing Scholarly essays are argumentative.  In the English-speaking world, this fact is generally quite explicit.  It’s as if the writer were selling you something, in a special market… Continue Reading →

Grammar does not exist, only good writing

Grammar does not exist, only good writing As professional editors, we can say tell you that the very idea of grammar, that is, the idea that a language has rules that govern proper speaking, is false.  From a literary standpoint, it is perhaps a… Continue Reading →

“How do I learn to write well in English (or any language)?

To improve your writing in any language, including a second language, there are two general and simple rules: 1) Read a lot. 2) Write regularly. What to write and how much? We suggest setting aside between 15 and 30 minutes… Continue Reading →

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