Avoiding logical fallacies: “Appeal to authority” and “either/or”

Since my discussion on the “argument to logic” fallacy wound up being more detailed than I’d anticipated, I decided to write another post on other fallacies, specifically the “appeal to authority” and the “either/or” fallacies. Hopefully, these blog posts will get you thinking about how you can avoid fallacious thinking in your own writing. Appeal […]

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Avoiding logical fallacies in your writing: “Argument to logic”

One of the best ways to ensure your manuscript stands out from the competition is to verify that your arguments are free of logical fallacies. What are logical fallacies, you ask? According to Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL), “Fallacies are common errors in reasoning that will undermine the logic of your argument. Fallacies can […]

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Writing tips: The difference between “that” and “which”

My time with the wiki has taught me many valuable things, including the fact that I—as an American writer—have been using “that” and “which” erroneously. If you—like me—are in the habit of using the word that “sounds right,” rather than referring to your style guide, read on! This post may just have a tidbit or two […]

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Publication spotlight: School Library Journal

School Library Journal (SLJ) is an LIS professional publication that highlights topics immediately relevant to information professionals who serve children and teens. SLJ includes many useful book reviews as well as articles on common-interest topics like diversity. The publication features a casual yet informative tone that should appeal to anyone interested in LIS issues as […]

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How the wiki has helped me

Being an editor for SJSU’s LIS Publications Wiki has helped me in a variety of ways, both expected and unexpected. Unsurprisingly, the wiki has made me aware of numerous LIS publications I didn’t know existed. The Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve is of particular interest to me due to my interest in rare […]

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Publication spotlight: Medium

“More than 30 million people use Medium each month. They come here in search of something worth reading. Something substantial. And you can give it to them.” This enticing quote is from an article on FreeCodeCamp.org, one of the many resources on the internet about how to write successfully (i.e., go viral) on Medium. Publishing […]

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Publication spotlight: School of Information Student Research Journal

School of Information Student Research Journal is the student-run scholarly journal of San Jose State University. This publication covers all types of libraries, and it features articles by both students and professors. It has a formal, scholarly tone which should appeal to anyone interested in original LIS research. From 2010 to 2017, the journal was known […]

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Publication spotlight: Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly is a civilian publication that highlights new books on the market and news from the publishing world. A combination of reviews and interviews, Publishers Weekly is an essential magazine for any LIS professional in charge of collection management and development. Publishers Weekly has been a staple of the publishing world since 1872, providing […]

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