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ComWriter has an updated look…

We have received feedback that ComWriter was a little confusing. So we have made a few changes to the Navigation bar and added some ? tips.

Our new navigation bar is more intuitive:

  • Research: Add resources to cite in your projects
  • Write: New projects or edit exiting ones
  • Style: Find a style to automatically format your writing project
We have also added some tool tips to to explain some of our modern writing features.

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Sunday 6 April, 2014

Blog series: Academic referencing is stuck in a print era

Topic: Page numbering

I have been designing some new software to make writing to academic standards easy: ComWriter. Well, I didn’t know what I was getting into with academic referencing: APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, Turabian, AGLC, Bluebook, OSCOLA, Oxford, Vancouver, and the list goes on. Firstly, there is no official Harvard style, everyone seems to have their own flavour.

What I have uncovered is that academic referencing is stuck in a bygone era of print media. Trying to create the automated rules for referencing has been a very big challenge. We are winning the battle, but this blog series is going to highlight some of the, well, to put it bluntly, stupidity surrounding referencing.

Today I am picking on page numbering. That should be easy shouldn’t it? Well no. Let’s see how may ways there are to write pages:

A single page:

  1. p. 2
  2. p.2 [no space]
  3. p 2
  4. p2 [no space]
  5. 2 [the nude version]

A page span:

  1. pp. 235-237
  2. pp. 235-37
  3. pp. 235-7
  4. pp.235-237 [no space]
  5. pp.235-37 [no space]
  6. pp.235-7 [no space]
  7. pp 235-237 [no dot]
  8. pp 235-37 [no dot]
  9. pp 235-7 [no dot]
  10. 235-237
  11. 235-37
  12. 235-7

And, do we include pages in brackets (), [] or not? Which means a page span now has 36 options!

  • 2002 (2-3)
  • 2002 [2-3]
  • 2002 2-3 [no brackets]

Then, do we need to add a comma or a full stop afterwards, which means we now have 108 options for a page span!!!

  • 2002 (2-3)
  • 2002 [2-3]
  • 2002 2-3 [no brackets]
  • 2002. (2-3)
  • 2002. [2-3]
  • 2002. 2-3 [no brackets]
  • 2002, (2-3)
  • 2002, [2-3]
  • 2002, 2-3 [no brackets]

In summary, when writing a reference with page numbers included (I won’t list here the rules for when there are no pages!), a writer needs to ask:

  1. Is there a single page, or a page span (2 options)?
  2. How do I notate the numbers in the span (3 options: all numbers, last number, last two numbers)?
  3. Do I add brackets (3 options: square, round, none)?
  4. Does it need p or pp before the number/s (2 options: yes, no)?
  5. What punctuation do I include (3 options: comma, full stop, none)?
  6. Any spaces to add (2 options: yes or no)?

So, if my maths is correct that is: 2 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 2 x 2 =216 possibilities for writing page numbers! Easy peezie…yes?

But, when I have nailed down the exact configuration I need from the 216 options, I still need to consider:

  1. Is the configuration the same or different for: in-text citation, footnote, reference list?
  2. Where do I locate the pages in terms of the other data I need?

And that’s all a student needs to do to consider page numbering in their referencing! 

by Dr Linda Glassop

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Help transform ComWriter into a one-stop writing platform

ComWriter has been designed to make writing to academic standards easy.

ComposeRight now with ComWriter,

  • write using  modern tools
  • structure or re-structure your writing in a flash
  • style to academic standards; simply select your style and export (APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, Harvard)
  • store your writing resources by filling out user-friendly forms
  • attach files to resources
  • add resources to projects
  • collapse and expand sections to make working pleasurable
  • share styles with friends and colleagues
  • forget about formatting by letting the Styles do all the work AUTOMATICALLY
  • export to PDF or Word
  • take your writing with you in the cloud, just log on to www.comwriter.com
A writing platform that has it all

ComWriter is a one-stop writing platform

 

Coming soon:

  • collaborate on projects with others
  • public library to automatically add bibliographic data
  • templates to save your outlines
  • store your glossary

What do you need to make ComWriter a comprehensive writing platform? Request a feature

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New Feature: Create awesome academic projects and export to Word

Today ComWriter released the much anticipated export to Word. Now users can create awesome looking writing projects and export either to PDF or Word.

Export writing projects to Word or PDF

ComWriter now enables export to PDF and MS Word

Dr Glassop explained that the export to Word was requested to enable students to submit their assignments to teachers and supervisors in that file type. She said “The rule of thumb before you export to Word, ‘Does it look good in the PDF?’ If yes, then it will look perfect in Word.” Users are advised to do any  fine-tuning of formatting in ComWriter first, export to PDF to check that it looks the way they want it to, then export to Word to submit.

Fine-tuning could include:

  • adding a blank line to move a heading down; this can be done by adding an empty paragraph
  • changing the size of an image; this can be done by customizing the image
  • inserting a page break
  • altering the header or footnote; this can be done by customizing the Style being used to format the project

Minor editing can be done in Word, but that, of course, cannot be imported back into ComWriter.

If minor editing is required, Users are advised to:

  • Check the Flipbook, which provides an introduction to using ComWriter
  • Visit the YouTube channel to watch  short instruction videos
  • Consult the Forums, where  a host of resources such as  user guides and tips can be found
  • Contact the Support Desk for advice: support@comwriter.com

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Flipbook: Using ComWriter to Prepare Academic Writing

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Remove the stress of academic writing: use ComWriter

Make academic writing easy with ComWriter: it's FREE

Make academic writing easy with ComWriter: it’s FREE

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Thumbs up for ComWriter @ANU!

20th February, 2014

Research Services @ the Australian National University, Canberra held four workshops on ‘Using ComWriter for Academic Writing’ . The venue was the unique Menzies Library (pictured). The fully booked workshops, delivered by Dr Linda Glassop and Pam Mulready from Composeright, were well attended and research students overwhelmingly gave ComWriter the thumbs up for being an innovative new writing platform.

Menzies Library, ANU, Canberra

Menzies Library, ANU, Canberra

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February 21, 2014 · 3:50 AM

ComWriter: finalist in AIMIA Awards 2014 ‘Best of Websites & Online: education & learning’

AIMI Awards

AIMI Awards

The Annual AIMIA Awards are the longest running and most prestigious Awards in Australia’s Digital Industry. Entries are judged by a panel of over 160 Australian & International industry experts.

Auto format your writing to academic standards

Auto format your writing to academic standards

All winners will be celebrated at the 20th Annual AIMIA Awards ceremony in April 2014.

 

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January 16, 2014 · 3:14 AM

Australian Government increases research funding

In November 2013, the Hon. C. Pyne, Minister for Education, announced that the government “will deliver a clear strategy, one that lays out a path to growing a world class education and research industry, that realises our economic potential, reduces barriers and frees the sector to be more productive and globally competitive.” He further announced an increase in funding of A$522m (1177 projects) for the research and innovation sector.

ComWriter is a writing tool that directly supports productivity within the research sector.

– store resources within your writing application

– capture bibliographic data easily

– mobile technology to take research with you in the cloud

– write productively using modern tools; collapse sections, drop’n’drag paragraphs to re-order

– leave formatting for others to consider by using pre-defined styles to academic standards (e.g., APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago, Turabian)

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Creating an Automated Bibliography

Writing with ComWriter makes it easy to add a bibliography by using Add Smart List. Watch this short video.

Creating a bibliography with ComWriter

Smart list markers

Smart list markers

 

 

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