- January 23, 2015

Word of the Day: Esoteric

Word of the Day: Esoteric

Word of the Day: Esoteric Esoteric (adjective): “only taught to or understood by members of a special group : hard to understand ” (“Esoteric”, 2015, para.1). Examples:“The professor‘s esoteric language caused Ella to question if she could pass astrophysics.” Can you use esoteric in a sentence? Send us your sentence using esoteric and we will […]

- August 27, 2014

Ask a Coach: Toward vs. Towards

Ask a Coach: Toward vs. Towards

Ask a Coach By Allison Millward, WRMC Q: I’m confused about usage: which version of this preposition is correct, towards or toward?                                                                             – Pondering Prepositions in Chantilly, VA A: This is a good question about prepositions, usage, and–of course–style! The direct answer is this: check your style guide. Some style guides contend there is a […]

- August 25, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY: Commence

WORD OF THE DAY: Commence

Commence (verb) To start or begin Example:  The new semester commences at 8 o’clock am today. Can you use commence in a sentence? Submit a sentence using commence and we’ll post it on this blog!       Use our “APA Style Guide” to help you craft your sentence! Check out our website: www.viu.edu/wrmcMake an […]

- August 20, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY: Imminent

WORD OF THE DAY: Imminent

Imminent (adj) [more imminent; most imminent]  :happening very soon  We are awaiting the incoming freshmen’s imminent arrival. The beginning of the school year  is imminent. These students are facing the imminent end of summer.         Can you use imminent in a sentence? Submit a sentence using imminent and we’ll post it on this blog! […]

- November 15, 2013

APA STYLE WORKSHOP 11/21/2013 2PM to 3PM

APA STYLE WORKSHOP 11/21/2013 2PM to 3PM

APA style can seem like a daunting task for the uninitiated!  This is especially true if you are used to other formats (Chicago Style, MLA, etc.).  APA takes practice (and patience) to master.  In order to provide you with support and advice, the WRMC is organizing its first APA Style Workshop.  Join the WRMC in […]

- November 13, 2013

APA FORMATTING MARGINS

APA FORMATTING MARGINS

The APA manual suggests that you use 1 inch spacing on all sides.  However, the manual also says that you can use the default settings on your word processor (which might not always be set to one inch margins).  We suggest adjusting the margins to meet the 1 inch requirement (unless otherwise specified).

- November 11, 2013

THE SERIAL COMMA

THE SERIAL COMMA

Just like your elementary school teacher reminded you, “Don’t forget your punctuation marks!”  However, she might not have let you know that some rules for punctuation are not very cut and dry.  One example of an instance where the punctuation police might differ is the comma. What do you think about the following examples?  Which […]

- October 29, 2013

WHAT IS APA STYLE?

WHAT IS APA STYLE?

There are many different styles of writing just as there are many fields of study/industry.  Many industries choose to adopt certain styles across the field in order to standardize the way in which articles and research papers are formatted.  This makes it easier to read and understand the structure and flow of a paper. There […]