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Ok, I’m on a roll here, so one more post regarding mistakes I often see authors make. As you may have guessed from the title, I’m referring to while and although.

When writing, an author should always use while to connect events that occur simultaneously. In other instances, an author can use and, but, although, and whereas instead of while.

For example, used incorrectly, one might write, “Bosten and Measure (1996) found that students tested well, while Bonner (1998) found that students tested poorly.”

To correct this, one should instead write, “Bosten and Measure (1996) found that students tested well, whereas Bonner (1998) found that students tested poorly.”

One way you can ensure that you’ve done this is by using the find and replace feature in Word. Find the word while and verify that it has been used correctly or replace it with one of the substitutes mentioned here. This guarantees that you’ll find all of the offenders (if there are any).

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A brief but important post today that again falls into the category of frequent writers’ mistakes.

Since is best used to indicate the passage of time, because should be used in all other instances. For example, “The ballerina was promoted to lead dancer since her stamina had improved.” This sentence is imprecise and since should be replaced with because, “The ballerina was promoted to lead dancer since her stamina had improved.”

A example using since correctly is, “Greenpeace has been saving whales since 1975.”

This applies whether you’re using Chicago, MLA, or APA style.


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CMSDid you know you can now get an unlimited access free trial of the Chicago Manual of Style online? The trial period lasts 30 days, during which time you get to evaluate how you like accessing the book online. I signed up to see how I liked it and was happy with the results, especially the search feature, which made looking for those sometimes elusive details in the quite large CMS manual a bit easier and quicker.

If you don’t have a hard copy of the CMS manual at home already, and only need access to it for a short time, signing up for the free trial is a good way to get all the info you need without investing up to $50.00 for the hard copy.

However, if you’re an editor like myself, or someone who frequently writes in Chicago style and needs access to the manual beyond the 30 day trial period, it’s not the best deal around. You can sign up to continue unlimited access for a year for only $30.00. Not bad considering you can spend, as I mentioned, upwards of $50.00 for the hard copy; however, I’d personally rather not spend $30.00 on an ongoing yearly basis to access CMS online. Although I liked the search feature, I also like to mark my manuals with flags, marginalia, and by underlining certain important bits.


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