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Need general pointers re: grad school paper composition

What are some common and/or basic mistakes people make in academic writing? Looking for tips as a US grad student whose native language isn't English. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Mar 1, 2016 - 19 answers

What do you call this academic writing style and should it be avoided?

What would you call this style of writing in which terms are introduced in a flurry of comma separated uses, synonyms or phrasal bits, other languages etc. I associate it mostly with continental academic writing but it may have broader uses. Is it ok to write like this in essays for an MA in Continental Philosophy? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Mar 13, 2015 - 18 answers

I know I know this, but my instructor won't accept (My Brain, 2012) as a citation.

How can I become better at remembering references to cite in my academic writing? I know how to use APA style, but when I need to write I can remember theories and details, but not where I actually READ those theories. HALP! [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted on Dec 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Academic-filter: Dissertation Writing Group, take 2!

How should I organize an academic writing group hosted online? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Nov 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Managing an Online Writing Group

A few other graduate students and myself are part of an online writing group hosted on Basecamp. How can I keep the conversation going online? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Jul 21, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I become a better writer?

Help. I am a junior academic but I'm not as good of a writer as I'd like to be and I'd like to change that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2011 - 9 answers

The author seeks to obtain the advice of an unknown Other to advance the rhetorical domain of the self, such that greater clarity in discourse may be achieved.

I'm looking to read published academic essays or books that stand out for their excellent writing quality as much as for their content. Any and all subjects are welcome. So far, I've received recommendations for journalistic-style essays, which is not what I'm looking for. Thanks!
posted by waterandrock on Dec 4, 2010 - 19 answers

I'm waiting for the inevitable typo to appear in the body text.

After previously having worked in an editing capacity for four years, I miss the experience of editing and what it does for me as a writer. I'm interested in opportunities and ideas for part-time paid or perhaps even volunteer opportunities in the Philadelphia area doing editing. [more inside]
posted by Keter on Nov 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Writer needs fund of useful verbs.

Looking for the right verbs, idioms, and metaphors to spice up my writing. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on May 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Can you plagiarise yourself?

Plagiarism?Filter: I consider myself to be scrupulous about attributing the ideas of OTHERS in my academic writing. But what about recycling MY OWN writing - e.g. using, word for word, my own phrases or paragraphs from a previous presentation for a new one aimed at a different audience? Is this standard practice, or frowned upon? [more inside]
posted by Weng on Mar 30, 2009 - 28 answers

Mac word processor for academic writing in the humanities?

I don't like Microsoft Word much; it feels really bloated to me, and has so many features I never use. I've been looking for an alternative for some time. What word processor does the hivemind recommend for academic writing? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jul 10, 2008 - 35 answers

need work on extended metaphor for college admissions essay

Attention writers: I am writing some admissions essays and I have identified a decent extended metaphor to liven them up a bit. Unfortunately, even though I've rewritten it a dozen times, the essay's structure is terrible. What, structually, is the best way to make an extended metaphor work?
posted by trharlan on Feb 19, 2004 - 12 answers

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