Academic Writing & Research: Best Practices

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Best practices presentation to students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies.

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Academic Writing & Research: Best Practices

  1. 1. Best Practices<br />Writing and Research<br />School of Continuing StudiesBreakfast ForumSeptember 22, 2011<br />Daniel Hocutt, M.A.Web Manager, SCSAdjunct Professor, Liberal Arts<br />Carrie Ludovico, M.S.Instruction Librarian, SCSAdjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts<br />
  2. 2. Communication is the primary objective of academic & business writing.<br />“Communication.” Merriam-Webster Online. Merriam-Webster. n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2011. <br />
  3. 3. Writing is a process that happens to have a product.<br />
  4. 4. The process of writing is nearly miraculous: pure idea substantiation.<br />Pure ephemera [idea, thought] converted to substance [written, typed].<br />
  5. 5. Drafting extends from initial brainstorm to putting word to paper/computer.<br />Thinking and brainstorming about your topic is DRAFTING.<br />Conducting directed research on your topic is DRAFTING.<br />Talking about your topic is DRAFTING.<br />Outlining or organizing your paper in your head is DRAFTING.<br />Oh, yeah. Writing is DRAFTING, too.<br />“Picture of Drafting and CAD Technology.” Drafting and CAD Technology. Tennessee Technology Center at Crump. n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2011. <br />
  6. 6. Writer’s block results from trying to revise and proofread while drafting.<br />Let the words GO and FLOW<br />Fix them later, when the flow subsides<br />When the hurly-burly’s done,When the battle’s lost and won.(Mac. 1.1.3-4)<br />Shakespeare, William. “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” The Riverside Shakespeare. Ed. G. Blakemore Evans. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1974. Print. 1312-39.<br />
  7. 7. REFLECTION<br />will improve your <br />perspective<br />
  8. 8. Selecting the “just right” word makes all the difference in communicating.<br />“[I]it seems quite probable that English has more words than most comparable world languages” (“Is it True…”).<br />“If distinct senses were counted, the total [number of English words] would probably approach three quarters of a million” (“How Many Words…”).<br />“Questions about Language.” Oxford Dictionaries Online. Oxford UP. 2011. Web. 15 Sept. 2011.<br />
  9. 9. The primary purpose of research is…<br />To validate your understanding of a topic<br />To convince your reader of the truth of your argument<br />To expand the body of knowledge<br />
  10. 10. Research is a Non-Linear Process<br />
  11. 11. Research is NOT miraculous<br />Nor is it easy.<br />
  12. 12. Feeling overwhelmed?<br />
  13. 13. We can help<br />Research Guides<br />Ask a Librarian<br />Research Appointments<br />

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