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STEP 1: Writing format
Knowing how to apply academic writing rules will help Neo become a better academic writer and is all part of being a skilled information literate.
- Use “ ” for direct quotations, and ‘ ’ for highlighting words in the text.
- When a date is mentioned, like ‘the seventies” for instance, one may write the date in numerical form and add a ‘s’ without an apostrophe (1970s).
- All numbers up to ten should be written out as words. Numbers from 11 onwards can be written in numerical form.
- Never abbreviate words like et cetera (etc.), Ltd. or 20th Century but write them out in FULL.
- All titles (of books, artworks: poems, names of record albums, magazines, films et cetera) and words from other languages et cetera (like vice versa) should be typed in italics. Example: William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a combination of traditional and freestyle writing.
- When referring to a time-period, a well-known person’s nickname, for instance, the “roaring twenties”, always use double inverted commas when it is used for the first time. After that one can omit the inverted commas.