Academic writing refers to a particular style of expression that researchers use to define the intellectual boundaries of their disciplines and their areas of expertise. It is characterized by a formal tone, use of the third-person rather than first-person perspective (usually), a clear focus on the research problem under investigation, and precise word choice. Being a specialist language, academic writing is designed to convey agreed meaning about complex ideas or concepts for a group of scholarly experts.
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Want to know if your academic prose is "flabby" or "fit"? If so, take the WritersDiet Test! This writing test uses a simple algorithm to identify "some of the sentence-level grammatical features that most frequently weigh down academic prose."
Sword, H. The Writer's Diet. Retrieved from http://writersdiet.com.
The Hixon Writing Center (HWC) at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has produced a set of six videos titled "An Introduction to College Writing" that is useful to anyone who wants to learn more about academic writing.
As part of Caltech's series on college writing, HWC created the following excellent introduction to academic writing:
BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) is a writing strategy used extensively across the U.S. military for efficient communication.
1. In her blog, Explorations of Style, Rachael Cayley provides readers with "an ongoing discussion of the challenges of academic writing" by discussing "strategies to improve the process of expressing our research in writing," with the ultimate goal of creating "a working approach to academic writing."
2. In its podcast, The Written Word, Turnitin explores all things writing and their impact on our lives.
3. In its podcast, In A Word, The Texas A&M University Writing Center addresses writing topics ranging from dealing with writer's block to writing effective introductions.
A PDF version of this booklet is provided below:
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UTHealth School of Public Health has compiled a list of schools and online resources that provide writing education.
Amherst College Writing Center: Online Resources for Writers
George Mason University Writing Center: Quick Guides
Harvard College Writing Center: Writing Resources
Northern Illinois University Writing Center: Resources for Writers
Penn State Graduate Writing Center: Writing Resources
University of Hawai'i-West O'ahu: UHWO Composition Resources
University of Houston-Clear Lake Writing Center: Writing Resources
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Center for Writing Studies: Writing Tips
University of Massachusetts Lowell: Writing Resources
University of Nevada, Reno: Writing Resources
Editing, proofreading, and revising checklists:
1. According to the Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies website, "A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people." This website presents various logical fallacies.
A PDF version of a logical fallacies poster is provided below:
2. Cognitive biases are flaws in our thinking or judgment that arise from errors of memory, social attribution, and miscalculations. The Royal Society of Account Planning has produced a visual study guide to help you memorize all the cognitive biases.
A PDF version of the visual study guide is provided below, as well as PDF versions of other lists of cognitive biases:
These resources will help you succeed in graduate school:
Managing your time is critical for success in graduate school; these resources are designed to help you manage your time:
Reading lots, lots, and lots of scholarly literature is required in graduate school; these resources (videos) are designed to show you how to read faster:
This productivity tool will help you plan an academic paper by providing a timeline and targeted writing guidance:
These resources will help you write an academic paper:
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