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Presentation and Organisation

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<A>THE ADVENT OF MISSIONARIES <B>The advent of missionaries <C>The advent of missionaries

Avoid using more than three degrees of sub-headings, as this leads to difficulties in setting and is confusing for the reader. Avoid numbering subheadings unless extensive cross-referencing is essential to the work.


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  • Titles and ranks. E.g. ‘King Jaja of Opobo’, but ‘the king’, ‘all kings’.


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