Crash Course in Scholarly Writing

Crash Course in Scholarly Writing


Welcome to the Writing Center’s crash course
in scholarly writing! Crash course videos are a great fit if you
are new to scholarly writing or are returning after a long absence.
In this four minute video, we’ll review
the four areas of scholarly writing you need to know to succeed in your writing at Walden.
The four areas of scholarly writing include
argument, evidence, paragraphs, and voice. We’ll give you quick tips and introduce
you to terms in each of these areas, but we won’t be talking about them in-depth—remember,
this is a crash course! Instead, get out a pen and paper.
If you’re not familiar with one of these
areas, a tip we give, or a term we use (we’ll help you by displaying key terms in bold),
write it down so you can look it up later. At the end of the video we’ll show you where
to find more information on our website. Let’s get started!
Argument is essential to scholarly writing
and, in fact, most scholarly writing is required to have an argument.
Argument means that in you should develop
a perspective on a topic, showing something about a topic in your writing.
Your argument is represented by your thesis
statement. Finally, it’s also important that your argument
be evidence-based, not based on opinion or just your personal experience.
This leads us into our second area of scholarly
writing: evidence. In your scholarly writing, all ideas are evidence-based,
but more than that, the evidence you use should be from scholarly sources, is often peer-reviewed,
and can be found in the Walden Library. Additionally, you should either paraphrase
or quote these sources per APA, the standard citation style at Walden.
Our third area of scholarly writing is paragraphs
because you need to organize the ideas you include in your writing.
Your paper should always start with an introduction
paragraph that introduces your paper’s topic and includes your thesis statement.
The body of your paper is then created with
fully-developed paragraphs that support and explore the thesis statement with both evidence
and analysis. One way of thinking about body paragraphs
in scholarly writing is through the MEAL plan. Finally, every paper should end with a conclusion
paragraph, which recaps your paper’s main points.
The last area of scholarly writing is voice,
which you need to adjust in consideration of your audience.
In scholarly writing, you’re writing for
a more general and academic audience than you might be at work and you’re writing
for a more formal audience than you might be for a friend, so we need to use more formal
word choice and tone, objective phrasing, and concise but not repetitive sentence structure.
Now you’ve learned the four areas of scholarly
writing! Next, search our website for any of the scholarly
writing areas, quick tips, or terms we discussed that you wrote down.
Use the search box at the top-right corner,
the Quick Answers box, or the main menus to find more information and begin learning!

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