Publication spotlight: USA TODAY

If you’re looking to submit your opinion column or letter to a widely read civilian publication with a fairly straightforward submission process, look no further than USA TODAY. Keep in mind, however, that USA TODAY editors admit that they receive a large volume of submissions. So how do you make your submission stand out amongst […]

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Writer’s resource: The Researching Librarian

  The Researching Librarian is a great website for librarians conducting “research for purposes of publication, promotion, tenure, or other reasons.”1 Created by Kerry Smith, an independent indexer, editor, and writer,2 and maintained by Beth Ashmore, a librarian, editor, and manuscript reviewer,3 The Researching Librarian is an independent volunteer project which is clearly organized by type […]

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Wiki feature: Tag cloud

One of my favorite wiki features is the tag cloud that Maria, one of our wiki editors, recently implemented. You’ll see this cloud of popular tags in the right-hand column of every wiki page. As you probably know, tagging is an information retrieval system used to group webpages with content on similar topics. Just as […]

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Open access journal publishing

Open access journals are an option to consider when looking to publish your research. They provide free access to articles by eliminating traditional financial barriers to readers and generally fall into four categories: Green/Self-archiving In these publication instances, work is published by a peer-reviewed journal (often not open access) but then archived and made freely […]

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Publication spotlight: Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy is a recent and timely journal established in 2016 that provides both scholarly research and other forms of commentary on intellectual freedom and privacy matters. It is the official journal of the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and is a broader continuation of their former Newsletter of Intellectual […]

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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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