Common Errors found within student
Please look out
for the proper use of contractions, e.g., can't, don’t, isn’t, etc. As a
general rule, we do not use contractions within formal writing.
pronoun "I" must be capitalized when used in a sentence. ("i" is
Its - is an
adjective; it’s (it is) - is a noun.
"alot" is not found
begin with a capitol letter, e.g., Shermer (2006) said, "Once
Unless you start
the quote with 3 periods- Shermer (2006) said, "…research
Check" your work.
the proper use of subject verb agreement.
When citing two
author's- "Hastings and Johnson (2000) stated..."
cites, for three, four or five authors, list all names followed by
commas the first time, and only first author followed by et al. and
date for subsequent cites; for six or more authors, use the
abbreviation et al. following the first author name for all cites.
When citing more
than two authors-
"Hastings et al. (2010) found that most..."
directly quote another author's work unless you use quotations with
a citation including the page number.
(p. 124). for a single page, or (pp. 124-125). for multiple
always best to paraphrase another author's idea; however, make sure
that you properly cite the author.