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By Barbara Gastel | 13 February 2013
[From Michelle Yeoman and Barbara Gastel:]
Editing Solution: Last Week’s Sentence
Special thanks to those of you who commented on last week’s post. As a reminder, below is Sentence of the Week #18:
Dr. Lin is an associate professor in the Sociology Department.
The error in this sentence is the capitalization of Sociology Department, which should be lowercase. Thus, a possible solution reads as follows:
Dr. Lin is an associate professor in the sociology department.
Another solution is to use the official name of the department. In that case, the department name is capitalized:
Dr. Lin is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology.
Capitalize names of academic departments, colleges, and divisions when using the official name. (Example: “She works in the Division of Education and Human Development.”) Do not capitalize when using the informal or abbreviated name. (Example: “She works in the education division.”)
Please note that some department names contain proper nouns. Proper nouns name a specific person, place, or thing and should always be capitalized. In these cases, capitalize the proper noun but not the word department. (Example: “The new building will contain the Spanish department and the computer science department.”)
And now, onward to this week’s sentence.
Sentence of the Week #19
Welcome to the newest installment in this series.
The sentence below has 1 definite error:
When writing a journal article, be sure to site references correctly.
Please correct the error, and submit the corrected sentence and any remarks as a comment on this post. We plan to provide and discuss the solution as a comment in about 2 days, as well as including it in the next Sentence of the Week post.
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