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Is it okay to use brackets in a formal essay?

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Is it okay to use brackets in a formal essay?

Answered By: Emily Thornton
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2020     Views: 1

In APA style, you can use [square brackets] in some circumstances. It's more common to use (parentheses) though. Here is a nice guide to using brackets and parentheses in APA style, especially the box labeled Parentheses: https://guides.library.nymc.edu/c.php?g=567729&p=4609898.

If you have a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, this information is on pages 93-95. 

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