soc190:writing feedback 01

Quotation Marks, Commas, and Periods

If a set of quotation marks comes at the end of a sentence, commas and periods go inside the quotation marks.

The rabbit said, "Oh, my; we are all going to die."

"There must be a sociological question in there somewhere," my colleague said.

but

"The primary task of a useful teacher is to teach his students to recognize ‘inconvenient’ facts – I mean facts that are inconvenient for their party opinions" (Weber 1920).1

Books and Articles

Book Titles Always in Italics. "Article Titles in Quotes."

Works Cited

Everything we write will have a demarcated section called "Works Cited" or "Bibliography." Any work mentioned in the document will be listed with full citation information in the correct ASA format.

That, Which, Who

Learn the difference between that, which, and who. We are getting too old to continue to get this wrong.

Less, Fewer

If things can be counted, they are fewer; if the stuff is continuous, it's less. Fewer means smaller in number; less means smaller in amount.

A smaller country has fewer people. But one country may have less population than another. A smaller serving has less food. But a smaller serving of beans has fewer beans. One data set has fewer data points, but one researcher may have less data than another.

Page Format

  1. Always, always, always have page numbers.
  2. Get in the habit of including running heads on top of multipage documents.


If a word can be cut, cut it!

oftentimes
This fact is the main reason why these
They are seeking ways in which to do this…