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I also turn down work because of my stand on honesty, integrity, and quality.

Authenticity and originality are my primary goals in everything I do.

To do less is to diminish me as a person, and brand. ”

—- Robert Medak

There are many job boards and opportunities for academic writers. I have chosen to never write academic articles.

You would probably ask me why?

For me, it is about a moral code I developed decades ago. I believe strongly in honesty, integrity, and quality.

  1. If I were to write an academic paper and a student were to turn it in as an assignment: He/She has plagiarized. It isn’t his work.

  2. He/She hasn’t learned anything. This is the purpose of an academic paper. Research and fact finding thus gaining experience and knowledge.

  3. He/She has not learned how to rely on themselves.

  4. He/She is taking the easy way out by cutting corners.

Even the possibility of academic articles being used for this purpose is enough for me to have no desire to write academic articles.

Example:

A number of years ago while in college, I wrote a paper on Microwave Vaccum Tubes. I designed an electronic schematic showing all formulas concerning the parts list and how I derived the values for the components.

There were reasons that this work was assigned. What would I have learned if I had ordered an academic paper?

I also did a review of a book for a political science course taken for my major.

These were for separate courses that showcased my work, not someone else, the grades received were earned my me.

By doing the work I proved that I am not part of the almost 50 percent of today’s freshmen applying to community college must be remediated because they are unable to perform college-level work.

Businesses are spending 3.1 billion dollars a year remediating employees because colleges students do not have adequate communication and math skills for today’s businesses.

Being an old-school grammarian, there are times when visiting websites, readers should be appalled by the grammar and punctuation errors, verb-subject agreement, and poor writing.

Granted, that typos are impossible to catch everyone. The point is, that before anything is posted to the internet or any media it should be thoroughly edited and proofread.

Read and you will find words being used that show a lack of the basic understanding of English.

Where have native English speakers learned that it is okay to use learnt when they mean learned?

Just because a word has been added to a lexicon doesn’t mean it should be used instead of the proper word.

Social media and texting is the downfall of proper English, I can’t speak for other languages since I don’t speak any.

How are your communication and math skills?

Do you read?

Do you practice your communication and math skills?

Do you spend time expanding your vocabulary?

Through the use of judicious use of proper English for verbal and written communication will help in clear and concise communication to establish what the communicator is trying to say and have it understood whoever hears or reads it.

© 10/24/2016 All Rights Reserved

Robert Medak

Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader,and Reviewer

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Software, Books, and Courses

Ginger – Grammar and spell checker

http://www.gingersoftware.com

Grammarly – Instant Grammar and Online Proofreading

http://www.grammarly.com/

Scrivener – Content-generation tool for writers

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

Storymind – Creators of StoryWeaver and Co-creators of Dramatica

http://storymind.com

WhiteSmoke – English writing with the most advanced Spelling, Grammar Checker, Punctuation, Style and Structure checkers

http://www.whitesmoke.com

Writers’ Digest

http://www.writersdigestshop.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=writing+software

The Writers Store – Numerous Writing Software Programs

http://www.writersstore.com/software/

WordWeb Pro – WordWeb is a one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows that can look up words in almost any program.

http://wordweb.info/free

Online Grammar

Grammarly – Instant Grammar and Online Proofreading

http://www.grammarly.com/

Grammar GirlMignon Fogarty

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

Guide to Grammar and Writing

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/#

Plagiarism Checker

Dupe  Free Software

http://www.dupefreepro.com/

Viper

http://www.scanmyessay.com/

(Free)

Grammarly – Best Grammar & Plagiarism Checker

http://www.grammarly.com/?q=plagiarism&gclid=CKTikqHl_bgCFeGWtAodUVoAzw

Plagiarism detect

http://plagiarism-detect.com/

The Plagiarism Checker

http://www.dustball.com/cs/plagiarism.checker/

Viper, the plagiarism checker that’s accurate, easy and free

http://www.scanmyessay.com/

(Paid)

Copyscape – Premium or Copysentry

http://www.copyscape.com/login.php

PlagScan

http://www.plagscan.com/cost

Books 

The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law

The Chicago Manual of Style

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White

Writing for the Web (Writers’ Edition) by Crawford Kilian

Online Writing Help 

50 Free Resources that will Improve Your Writing Skills

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/28/50-free-resources-that-will-improve-your-writing-skills

Grammar Resources

http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/resources/grammar.htm

Online Resources for Writers

https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/resourcesforwriters

Owl Purdue Online Writing Lab

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/679/01

Writing Center Resources – Brown University  

http://www.brown.edu/Student_Services/Writing_Center/resources_writers/

Writer Resources – GalleyCat – Mediabistro

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/category/writer-resources

Writing Resources – Colorado State University

http://writing.colostate.edu/learn.cfm

Writing Resources – Writing Center Handouts – Hamilton College

http://www.hamilton.edu/writing/writing-resources/writing-center-handouts

No resource on this list comes with any recommendation or endorsement on my part, they are only listed here as resources only for people wishing to learn more about possibly improving their writing.

 

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