Wednesday, July 27, 2016
7:57 am pdt
Citing a Lecture or a Presentation
If the Lecture has a title:
Pizza, Prof. Giovanni. "Growing Herbs in your
Crawlspace." Ag. 102. University of Milan, Milan, Italy. 20 Apr. 2012. College Lecture.
For more specific information, such as what to do if the lecture has no title, or if it is a presentation
other than a college lecture, just check out the Documentation file inside of the College Courses tab.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
8:08 am pdt
Fresh from the Bard:
"He that wants money, means, and content is without three good
friends." (As You Like It, III.ii.25-26)
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
9:38 am pdt
“Focus” in writing deals
with who you are addressing. It is who you are specifically talking to. In particular, it
deals with the pronouns that you use. Are you addressing people in general, or specific individuals or groups,
or are you just writing about yourself? To understand focus, let's take the following sentence:
When you are pregnant, you often will have mood swings.
I have no doubt that pregnant women have mood swings when they are
pregnant. I live with my wife, and she has been pregnant more than once. The thing is, I am a male. I will
never be pregnant. However, when the author chose the pronoun "you," then that person was specifically
referring to me.
Perhaps the easiest way to make sure your focus is consistent (and that it makes sense) is to imagine your audience
as one person. Because your audience is more than likely your teacher, then make that very specific person the only
person in your audience. Then, whenever you are tempted to use the pronoun "you," replace it with your teacher's
name. Let's try that with the above example:
When Mr. Soetaert is pregnant,
Mr. Soetaert often will have mood swings.
Yeah, I imagine I would have mood swings if I were pregnant. But that's not going to happen. Ever. By replacing "you"
with the name of your reader (in this case me), the entire sentence becomes very silly. Here's the thing: It was silly to begin with, but just
not quite so obvious.