Writing Tips and Style Guidelines

This site is constructed for my students, but I welcome anyone to poke around and have a look.  I have accrued plenty of experience in editing papers (and in having my own papers edited), and realized that I tend to correct the same things over and over again with my students.  Just as soon as one student gets used to my preferences, another comes along and the process restarts.

Theoretically, I should be able to just state my preferences once.  That’s what this site is for!

Following these guidelines will help you reduce the number of iterations we make in our editing cycles.  There will still be plenty of edits.  But most of these rules are quite easy to follow.  They would have to be, because although I try to make my writing as grammatically correct as possible, I’m no expert.

A few disclaimers:

  1. Some of these comments refer only to my preference in writing (i.e., some of this is just a style guide).  I have tried to distinguish between things that are black-and-white right or wrong, and those that are how I prefer to write.
  2. I don’t claim to be perfect in my own writing about some of these things.  In fact, I’m just learning about some of these now.
  3. If you’re a stickler for grammar or a LaTeX whiz, and you see something that I’ve got wrong, by all means please contact me!  I would love to have suggestions on how to improve this site.


For more about me:


Email:  cole@ise.ufl.edu

Interested?  (Or just reading because you have to?)  See the navigation links for four categories of nitpicks:  General Grammar, Technical Writing, LaTeX, and BibTeX.