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About thmspoole

I am retired, USMC. Writing, 'Blogging,' for me, is an avocation. l will be 75...soon...

THE WRITER’S HANDBOOK, ‘AVOIDING PLAGIARISM’

How to paraphrase a source General advice When reading a passage, try first to understand it as a whole, rather than pausing to write down specific ideas or phrases. Be selective. Unless your assignment is to do a formal or … Continue reading

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calibre User Manual

calibre is an ebook library manager. It can view, convert and catalog ebooks in most of the major ebook formats. It can also talk to many ebook reader devices. It can go out to the Internet and fetch metadata for … Continue reading

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eBook Platforms

Self Publishing Platforms Compared “The list and associated report is useful because it profiles a variety of different eBook platforms and associated service providers, many of which I was not familiar with.  I’d recommend checking them all out…” Smashwords, Lulu, … Continue reading

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Blog-to-Book Capability of PressBooks

You can create a book from your entire blog or export a single category. “PressBooks is actually much more than a blog-to-book tool. It’s an open source, online book publishing platform used by many, including the Harvard Business Review Press,”  How … Continue reading

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Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

Summary: This handout is intended to help you become more comfortable with the uses of and distinctions among quotations, paraphrases, and summaries. This handout compares and contrasts the three terms, gives some pointers, and includes a short excerpt that you … Continue reading

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THE WRITER’S HANDBOOK – AVOIDING PLAGIARISM

Methods of Paraphrasing Look away from the source then write. Read the text you want to paraphrase several times until you feel that you understand it and can use your own words to restate it to someone else. Then, look … Continue reading

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Front Matter for your Book

Front matter, traditionally, contains information the author and publisher would like the reader to see before getting to the main text. It may include introductions, prefaces, and so on, as well as information about the publication history of the book, … Continue reading

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