Tips for Good Writing
Copyright 2005 by Richard F. Hirsh

Richard F. Hirsh
Professor, History and STS (0117)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
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Here are some useful tips for writing papers that earn good grades in my classes.

Original: "This book represented, in general, a good effort."

Better: "In general, this book represented a good effort."

Best: "This book represented a good effort." (Consider whether you truly need the modifier, "in general.")

Remember the first tip: quickly read papers get the highest grades!

Finally, here are a few links to sites that can help you with your writing:

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