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The essential ingredient in a complex sentence is the subordinate conjunction:

, he burned the tip of his nose on a stubborn flame.

Kasai, Aya
2008 Images of pain, images of pain relief: Multimodal expressive arts therapy and pain management. MA thesis, California Institute of Integral Studies. (Publication No. AAT 1451129.)

We looked on top of the refrigerator,  Jenny will often hide a bag of chocolate chip cookies.

Crowe, Byron Dan. I ain't fattening frogs for snakes: An inquiry into the application of creativity research to teaching practice. Dissertation, California Institute of Integral Studies. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI, 2010. (Publication No. AAT 3411606.)

Burning his nose  blowing out candles.


Complex sentences follow two common patterns:

, the name of a unique restaurant employee, lets us know which deliveryman we mean. The information in the relative clause is no longer important and needs to be separated from the main clause with a comma.

Nicky shook her head and sighed Ø .

The Harvard Referencing System is one of the preferred layouts for these references. It is a relatively strict way of arranging the bibliographical information.

, Nicky slammed shut her textbook and rose to pay for her pizza.

A Bibliography is a list of the books (or other sources of information) that you consulted when writing an essay, report, thesis or dissertation.

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When doing research, we very rarely come up with our own theories. These take time to develop, and involve putting them out for debate. By researching the theories of others, we include ideas in our works that have already gone through that academic testing.

APA citation format for a published dissertation:

When a relative clause follows a specific noun, punctuation changes. The information in the relative clause is no longer as important, and the clause becomes nonessential. require you to use commas to connect them.

APA citation format for a published MA thesis:

However, you have to be aware that you are using someone else's work for your own benefit. You will get the marks, but the author of the ideas may have put in decades of research to come up with the concepts.

MLA citation format for a published dissertation:

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