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Asking for a Job

Along with a solid resume, a well-written cover letter is the key to catching the eye of potential employers. The common format for a job query looks something like the following: Name of applicant Applicant’s street address Applicant’s city, State  ZIP Date Name of person/department/company doing the hiring Hirer’s street address Hirer’s city, State  ZIP […]

“That” vs. “Which”

“That” is a restrictive, or defining, pronoun, meaning (basically) that it is used in definitional contexts: This is the hat that I wore to the wedding. Here, “that I wore to the wedding” is a restrictive clause introduced by the restrictive pronoun “that”. The restrictive clause defines the hat as the one worn to the […]

Using Examples Well

What’s great about examples are their specificity. That said, I see a surprising number of papers that mention unnamed references or name specific books, movies, articles – and not their authors. When giving examples of scholarly works of pieces of art, be sure to include at least: the name of the work and the name […]