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ENG 6005 Scholarly Writing and Research

Class 2: Strunk and White / Personal Writing Habits / Research Tools of the Trade

      Class Objectives:

      Discuss Strunk and White and analyze 14 personal writing habits to fix
      In class revising assignment - search and replace
      Discuss Peer Review
      Review Tools of the Trade books/resources
      In class research assignment - discipline specific tools for research
      Review Research Plan
      Review Award Winning article lists

      Due for today:

      Notes and Discussion Questions:

      Part one

        Strunk and White

        Please read all of this brief text. As you read, think of your own writing habits and note which of the bits of advice would seem most useful for you. Are you a wordy writer? Do you have poor grammatical habits or make frequent diction errors? Part of our process this semester will be to examine our own writing and to be really honest with ourselves about what works and what doesn't. Throughout the term, I would like for you to focus on fourteen habits of writing that you can change to improve your writing. We can address one each week in a mindful approach to style. We will discuss our habits in class and offer constructive feedback on tips and tricks for improving.

      Part two

        In-class revising assignment

        Based on your evaluation of stylistic habits, choose a word or set of words to search for in your essay in order to locate sentences to fix. There is a brief article from Creative Non-Fiction that we will read in class to inspire our own favorite "search and replace" fixes.

      Part three

        Discuss Peer Review

        We have a variety of short writings on peer review from a variety of sources. Your weekly post should be based on these readings. Peer review is the cornerstone of academic publishing, and though it has operated in a fairly stable way for most of the twentieth century, the transformation to a digital culture has brought critical changes to peer review. What are the major issues at stake and how do you feel about them? Why? As you examine potential venues for your work, what range of peer review processes have you encountered? What questions do you have about peer-review? Put some pressure on the terms: what is the peer in peer review? What is the review? In the end, what impact does this have on the production of knowledge?

      Part four


      Part five

        Review Tools of the Trade books/resources

        We will begin with Harner's Literary Research Guide and explore the various research tools that are available to you, including Refworks and /or Endnote.

      Part Six

        In Class Research Assignment - discipline specific tools for research

        Based on your specific disciplinary subdivision, take some time in class to discover what tools might be available for conducting research in your field. For example, are there annual bibliographies of new work in the field, or is there a review essay that covers the major works published? Is there an online bibliography or other form of aggregator available? Be sure to check the websites of your major academic associations as well as regional affiliates. Sometimes the regionals produce excellent, lesser known research tools.

        After ten to fifteen minutes of searching, record your findings and share with the group. Begin to establish a research database for your long project.

      Part Seven

        Conclusions: Review Research Plan and Lists of Award Winning Articles

        In preparation for next week, we will briefly review my Research Plan for 2014 and several key lists of award winning articles.

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