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Good Academic Writing

X. The Writing Process: From Ideas to Clear Writing and Back Again

Mar 28, 2011 Caroline Eisner

Writing is a recursive act. It goes on and on.

IX. Use a Consistent Tone and Style, and Make Sure Your Writing Is Mechanically Competent

Mar 21, 2011 Caroline Eisner

One of the best ways to understand the tone and style of your discipline is to read articles from a top journal in your discipline.

VIII. Write Clearly and Directly

Mar 14, 2011 Caroline Eisner

Do not get hung up on “surface features”—spelling, grammar, mechanics, formatting—until you have fleshed out your ideas and argument.

VII. Using Citations Strategically and Correctly

Mar 07, 2011 Caroline Eisner

Citations are important markers of how in-depth your knowledge of the field is and how well-grounded you are in the citation rules of the field.

VI. Use Sources Judiciously

Feb 28, 2011 Caroline Eisner

There needs to be enough evidence to be persuasive; the right kind of evidence to support the thesis; and sufficiently concrete for the reader to trust it.

V. Use a Logical Progression of Ideas

Feb 21, 2011 Caroline Eisner

Order your paragraphs and evidence in a linear progression through transitions, signal phrases, and verbs that tell the reader if you agree or disagree with the evidence. 

IV. Approach the So What Question

Feb 14, 2011 Caroline Eisner

Give your readers enough information so that they will want to keep reading, rather than continually asking themselves, “Why should I care about this?”

III. Have a Clear Sense of Audience, Purpose, and Genre

Feb 07, 2011 Caroline Eisner

To become a good writer in your field or discipline, as Ken Hyland writes, is to pay close attention to your audience.

II. Start with Good Ideas

Jan 31, 2011 Caroline Eisner

Your ideas are the most important part of your paper, especially as your ideas begin to form themselves into an interesting, analyzable argument.

I. Becoming an Academic Writer

Jan 24, 2011 Caroline Eisner

As you read this blog, you are going to hear me say this over and over again: Academic writing is about communicating your own ideas.

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