Academic writing in the social sciences often examines abstruse topics that require in-depth analysis and explanation. As a result, a common challenge to writing college-level research papers is expressing your thoughts clearly by utilizing language that communicates essential information unambiguously. When you proofread your paper, critically review your writing style and the terminology you used throughout your paper. Pay particular attention to identifying and editing the following categories of imprecise writing.
Problems with Wordiness – the use of more words than is necessary to communicate a thought, concept, or idea.
Problems with Redundancy – the use of words or phrases that possess the same or almost the same meaning.
Problems with Unclear Sentence Constructions -- short, declarative sentences are easier to comprehend than lengthy narratives.
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