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Examples of APPROPRIATE questions for the hotline:

  • In my work history, do I capitalize the word "counselor" in this sentence: "Next, I took a position as counselor at an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center."

  • What punctuation do I use before HOWEVER in this kind of sentence--a semicolon or a comma: "I hope to start my own agency however I will need a graduate degree first."

  • When there is more than one author, do I use AND or & to join the names in a reference citation?

Examples of INAPPROPRIATE questions for the hotline:

  • Help. I don't understand punctuation rules?

  • Could you explain APA reference lists?

  • I'm having a bad case of writer's block. Help!

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