Thursday, January 22, 2015

Great Read and a question

Environmental specialist Nicola Bosco did not think twice about the random security check before entering the building in D.C. She placed her designer briefcase carrying government papers on the conveyor belt and endured the frisk. The wand went up one side of her body and down the other without a bleep. Her shoes were inspected for any suspicious crevices.

Question from the e-mail: I've been asked to do a guest article for my local  newspaper taking the information from a term paper I wrote about waste disposal.  The editor asked ME, saying it was information we all could use. But I don't know how to footnote the article. How will the readers know where I got the information???

First: Congrats on the local interest in your subject.  Offer to string for the paper and collect little money for hours of work, but they will be enjoyable hours and you will be able to increase the number of bylines in your publications list.

Answer: In the body of an article you can't very well footnote, as you did in your paper. Instead, you should give the info and then "attribute" the information, by finishing the sentence with the source of the info.

   "The popultion over 60 has more than doubled in the last 30 years, according to the United States Bureau of Census."

That tells the readers where the information came from without any fuss.

Hint: You might also want to put the information first in the sentence and the attribution last, or half your paragraphs will begin with, "According to..."

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