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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (September 13, 2009)

Using a Style Guide

Often, students need advice on minor points of spelling or grammar. When at the PALC, students can often ask a nearby teacher for a quick explanation.

But, what can a student do who needs to know the answer at midnight?

National Geographic, the famous American photo-journalism magazine, offers a free online resource for anyone who has a late-night question of style. Using an alphabetical index, the guide provides simple and clear explanations.

For example, should we write “mainland China” or “Mainland China”? The former, but even better, the guide goes on to explain that one shouldn’t refer to China in this way. Better to “use People's Republic of China or China.”

To view the guide online visit the National Geographic Style Manual


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