Ch 6: Capitalization, Punctuation & Spelling in Research Essays

About This Chapter

Look at this chapter to go over the rules for capitalization, punctuation, and spelling in research essays. Each of these lessons reviews important usage rules, which helps you craft stronger research papers and can improve your grades in class.

Capitalization, Punctuation & Spelling in Research Essays - Chapter Summary

When writing research essays, you need to know how to write in accordance with the rules of standard English usage. Our expert instructors have designed this chapter to help you review rules of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling for research essays. The lessons make these grammar topics easy to understand, with helpful illustrations and plenty of real-world examples. At the close the chapter, you will be prepared to:

  • Describe the rules for capitalization
  • Summarize tips and strategies for proper spelling
  • Explain the basic rules for correct comma usage
  • Use dashes and ellipses correctly
  • Detail correct usage for periods, semicolons, and colons
  • Establish the rules for quotation marks, ellipses, brackets, and hyphens
  • Interpret hyphenation conventions
  • Conduct grammar-focused peer reviews

9 Lessons in Chapter 6: Capitalization, Punctuation & Spelling in Research Essays
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Capitalization Rules in Writing

1. Capitalization Rules in Writing

Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

2. Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important to have correct spelling in your writing. We will then discuss some tips to be sure you are using correct spelling.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

3. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

4. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.

The Purposes of the Ellipsis and Dashes

5. The Purposes of the Ellipsis and Dashes

In this lesson, we will learn when and how to use ellipses, en dashes and em dashes. These can be used to indicate a pause or a break in text. Ellipses can also be used to indicate an omission of text.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

6. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

7. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.

How to Use and Interpret Hyphenation Conventions

8. How to Use and Interpret Hyphenation Conventions

In this lesson, we will define hyphens, discuss the rules for using a hyphen correctly, and then explain why a hyphen is important for clarity in your writing.

Peer Reviewing an Essay: Reviewing an Essay for Grammar

9. Peer Reviewing an Essay: Reviewing an Essay for Grammar

In this lesson, we will learn how to peer review an essay for grammar. Further, we will examine an unedited essay and provide an example describing effective feedback.

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