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4 Aug

Cutting out irrelevancies

Academic writing is designed, above all else, to convey precise and detailed information in a way which is accessible to an informed reader. Word counts are often specific and factual data is often central to the argument or discussion presented. In good academic writing there is no space for fluffy phrases or generalised commentary which […]


17 Jun

Academic Vocabulary

Academic theses and papers sometimes seem to have a language of their own – long words, sophisticated sentence structures and plenty of parentheses. When we’re writing an academic piece it can be hard to keep track of the content let alone focusing on the style as we go along. There are some simple ways that […]


17 May

There, They’re or Their?

When most of us stop to think about it, we know the rules for ‘there’, ‘they’re’ and ‘their’. It’s just easy to forget when we’re concentrating on the bigger picture in an essay or dissertation and mistakes in this area seem particularly hard to spot. So, here’s a quick reminder… ‘There’ is positional. It indicates […]


22 Feb

In-text Referencing for Harvard – the Basic Idea


It can take a while to get your head round the quirks of academic writing, particularly when you’re trying to research, take notes and put together a structured argument in your essay or thesis at the same time. Struggling to get the referencing right can seem like the last straw. When you’re faced with institutional […]


17 Feb

Consistency – Why does it Matter?


The simple answer is that it matters because inconsistency can detract and distract readers from the clarity and meaning of your work. Consistency applies on different levels. Firstly, if your subject uses conventions in terms of presentation it is important to follow them – otherwise it’s like turning up to a job interview in jeans […]


20 Jul

Convert documents from pdf to word


Many of our customers have asked how they can convert their pdf documents to a MS Word format. Below is a list of resources you may want to consider using: Both ‘Adobe’ and ‘pdftoword’ offer trial versions – so you could convert your document(s) accurately within this time-frame. Feel free to contact […]


19 Jul

Our ‘Supa Dupa’ brand new website has officially launched!

Website GO-LIVE

Following months of discussion and numerous meetings with our development team we are pleased to launch our new website. We’ve developed the site so it’s user friendly and easy to use. We offer the same core services, namely proofreading, copy editing, plagiarism checking and document formatting. Most importantly, you will be happy to know the […]


17 Jul

Differences between Proofreading and Copy Editing

Copy Editing

Many people presume that proofreaders and copyeditors carry out the same tasks. Even though their tasks are similar, there area number of differences in their responsibilities. These are outlined below. Proofreading According to the Society for Editors and


16 Jul

Difference between affect and effect

Should I use affect or effect? Many people, especially native English speakers, are confused by these two words. So to lay this matter to rest, here are the common definitions of the words. From the two, the least in number of common definitions is affect. From the perspective of grammar, affect plays the role of […]


16 Jul

Proofreading Gaffes are Humourous but Deadly

Proofreading mistakes have embarrassed writers past and present. But they will always remain a source of humour for all of us. If only they has used a proofreading service! Lawful Sinning Cheating partners were reassured by the 1632 edition of the King James Bible that they had holy backing for their illicit sinning. With a […]