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Archive for October 2015

Dangerous Chemical!

A student at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control… (read more)

Reducing bias in writing-3

From the APA Publication Manual (6th ed) (2010): Bias may be promoted when the writer uses one group (often the writer’s own group) as the standard against which others are judged, for example, citizens of the United States. In some contexts, the term culturally deprived may imply that one culture is the universally accepted standard…. (read more)

Order of pages in a thesis

For traditional theses/dissertations, a suggested format for the order of appearance of pages would be: Prefatory Pages Title page Approval page Dedication (optional) Acknowledgements (optional) Abstract Preface (optional) Table of Contents List of Tables List of Figures and Illustrations List of Symbols or Abbreviations (if any)   Body of Text Chapter 1. Significance of the… (read more)

How to reference personal communications

Personal communications may be private letters, memos, some electronic communications (e.g., email or messages from nonarchived discussion groups or electronic bulletin boards), personal interviews, telephone conversations, etc. Because they do not provide recoverable data, personnel communications are NOT included in the List of References at the end of your research paper. Cite any personal communications… (read more)