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What help can I get with my PhD thesis before proofreading?

If you’re studying for a doctoral qualification, you might be planning to have your thesis professionally proofread before you submit it to the examiners. Proofreading is the final stage of the work, when you want to iron out any spelling,

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8 ideas for taking a break in 2018

As the holiday season approaches, many of us are looking forward to some time away from our desks. It’s also a time when we have to rush to meet those end-of-year deadlines, so in the run-up to the holidays it

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Getting into proofreading – making the most of your transferable skills

When writing my Spotlight entry for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) website, one of the questions I was asked was ‘What advice do you have for people starting out on an editorial career?’ Meeting new and established editors

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How to create table headings and figure captions in Microsoft Word

If you’re writing a long document that contains lots of tables, figures or illustrations (for example, a company report or a PhD thesis), using Word’s ‘Insert Caption’ tool helps you format, number and list them more efficiently. In this post,

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School proofreading: Do teachers need a safety net too?

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I have a confession to make: with a colleague, I proofread secondary-school reports. Not OFSTED reports – the ones that schools send home to students and their parents. I say ‘confession’ because when I mention this to friends and family,

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Desk bikes – the Tour de Your House

Last Wednesday was National Fitness Day in the UK. Keeping fit’s a doddle if you work from home, isn’t it? You start the day with yoga. Go swimming at lunchtime. On sunny days you put down your pen (or keyboard)

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