- Write content: ComWriter enables you to focus on writing content without worrying about formatting
- Grammarly: the world’s leading grammar checker (available FREE online) is compatible with ComWriter to check your work
- Auto format: all your writing is automatically formatted using our pre-defined style guides (or customize your own)
You can then export your writing to Word, Pdf or HTML with just one click
Today ComWriter released the much anticipated export to Word. Now users can create awesome looking writing projects and export either to PDF or Word.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Em dash (–), or elongated hyphen
- An em dash (–), or double hyphen, is used to highlight a phase; for example, “I went to the market–in Petersburg–to see what the fuss was about.” In this case, you are wanting the reader to clearly understand that Petersburg is important.
- If read aloud, the reader would read the phrase ‘in Petersburg’ with a highlighted tone from the rest of the sentence, to draw attention to the phrase.
- A double em dash (or four single hyphens) can be used to obscure an obscene word; for example, “It was a d___ shame.”
- An alternative, is to use brackets (); “I went to the market (in Petersburg) to see what the fuss was about.” In this case, you are not so concerned about the reader understanding where the market was.
- If read aloud, the reader would read the phrase ‘in Petersburg’ with the same tone as the rest of the sentence.
- To place emphasis on a specific word or phrase (e.g., make it emotive) you can italicize it; for example, “Justin went crazy when he heard about the event.”
- Underlining a word or phrase also draws the readers attention to the emphasis added. However, today, underlining tends not to be preferred in academic writing.
- Check your official style guide before using underlining; if in doubt, don’t use it.
- Use exclamations (!) sparingly in academic writing to highlight emotion (academic work is meant to be objective, and, therefore, emotion free). For example, “Finally!”
When you quote work from other people there are a few rules:
- If you leave a word/s out, replace it/them with ellipses (…) “…when you leave a word out of a quoted sentence insert three dots…”
- If you change any word/s in a quote (sometimes to make it easier to read), then put the new word/s in square brackets “…when you leave a word out of a quoted sentence [make sure you include] three dots…”
- Always include the reference source, with the page number (if appropriate)
A paraphrase is a quote that you re-state in your own words, so you need to include the reference source.