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Questions tagged [academic-writing]

Writing texts in a scientific or educational setting: peer-reviewed articles, theses, text books, and others.

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Dissertation results section - report variables or operationalizations? [closed]

Following APA style - Do I report my results in the dissertation using the variables I'm researching or their operationalizations? For example, which is style is correct: The correlation between ...
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Meaning of 'Adapted by [another person's name]' written on book cover?

Some of the books have written on their covers this: Adapted by [another person's name] Content of such textbooks is more or less same, maybe some new chapters are added. What does 'adapted by' ...
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Difficulty understanding Writing Prompt [migrated]

I do not understand what the person means by ampliative and reductive aspects and conditions for transparency and embodiment? I looked up the definitions but I don't understand what their context ...
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Whats the difference between inference and conclusion?

Two questions regarding inference and conclusion. 1: Is it true that Inference can be made from any paragraph, from any line of the text but conclusion is drawn from the entire text? 2: Why often ...
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Should an academic paper contain all text at the same structuring depth?

I'm not sure whether or not this is standard practice, but I've been taught that between two different-level headings, there shouldn't be any text. For example, the following would not be permitted (...
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equation referencing in parentheses

My PhD examiners have asked me to refer to equations using Eq. (6) rather than Eq. 6. This seems simple enough, but often I have sentences of the form: "This is a fact related to an equation you ...
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Parentheses in scientific writing

I occasionally use parentheses in scientific writing when a piece of information is related to a previous statement but not to the central story. Is it bad style in scientific writing to use ...
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How can I make ithenticate identify θ-continuous as a single word?

I have a problem with the similarity index of one of my works since the plagiarism detector "Ithenticate" identify θ-continuous as continuous. In my university, all that matter is the similarity index ...
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Can you cite a source in the introduction of your paper in MLA?

I'm currently writing a paper in a class about writing papers (go figure) and I'm stuck on whether or not I can cite something in the introduction. I can't find anything concrete on whether or not it ...
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Academic Writing: Paraphrasing few words when quoting

The following is from Japanese philosopher and thinker Toshihiko Izutsu's book The Concept of Belief in Islamic Theology (1965, page 146): But what he wants to emphasize is that shar‘a can be ...
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I have a retracted article for ethical misconduct, this means my career is over? [closed]

When I was in my first year of M.SC. A professor told me to work on a project that the main data were belong to him. He had sent me a early draft and told me to translate it to english so I did along ...
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Is it permissible to use subconclusions for argumentative paragraphs if they contain multiple arguments in support of the main point?

Argumentative paragraphs often contain a topic sentence that states the main point, and the main point tends to be supported by multiple arguments that are introduced throughout the paragraph as First,...
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How could I improve my article writing? [closed]

I am a teenager and would like to know more about article writing. I was to write some articles someday. Should I be casual or formal? What POV should I use? How should I arrange the paragraphs? ...
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Repository of My Academic Writing - Which License to Use?

I'm adding a repository containing selected academic papers I wrote. I'd like to add a license to this repository that works similarly to the MIT license (but for writing and not code), where others ...
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Should I explain the consequences of the contributions in the contribution section?

Should I explain the consequences of the contributions in the contribution section of a research paper? For instance, what is the best option between these two (if any)? In this paper, we provide ...
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How can I stop overusing “I” in my writing?

I won't edit this question, so you can see how much I use it. The current count is 3 times. I've been told that the solution is to revise, revise, revise, but is there a particular strategy for ...
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How to cite organization names in a grant proposal?

I am working on a proposal for an academic grant. In the text, there are quite a few organization names (normally abbreviations), but unlike typical academic writing, they are not quotes of texts ...
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How should one write a thesis statement for a paper with many points?

I have always been taught to write essays in the same format: First paragraph – Introduction including a thesis statement Second to fourth paragraph – Body with details supporting/rejecting/...
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What is the difference between method and algorithm? [closed]

Could you please let me know the difference between method and algorithm? Can a method be computed into an algorithm? Can an algorithm be based on a method?
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What is legal and illegal in writing? [closed]

I am planning to write a book in my mother tongue (so excuse my bad grammar). It's in "Business and Management" So, while I was reading books for my references, I found a well organized book. I took ...
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Can I assign actions to broad concepts?

Whenever I write, I run into the problem where I have to assign human actions to subjects that, when I contemplate about it, cannot realistically perform those actions. A teacher told me years ago ...
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'for example' and 'e.g.' in a thesis

I'm writing a thesis in English (I'm not a native speaker) and I suddenly wondered: should I use 'for example' or 'e.g.'? should try to completely avoid both? There are no university specific ...
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How can I help a friend self-publish an incorrect scientific paper? [closed]

I have a friend who for various reasons does not have access to the Internet. We communicate by snail mail. He has written a paper about a scientific topic. His paper claims that the mainstream view ...
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What are alternatives to “is that” as in “[something] is that [something]”?

I am writing a thesis and I frequently find my self using the phrase 'is that'. For example: "The other feature that has been neglected is that the expert system would ..." I have been told that ...
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If a software project has a permissive open source license is it plagarism to copy text to a paper without attribution?

Many open source software projects have licenses that allow freely copying source code and using it however you want. Some of these licenses do not even require attribution. Source code is just text ...
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Is there an alternative to using signposts or questions in essays?

Strangely, in the past two days I've read two opposing viewpoints on how to introduce topics in academic essays. I first read a question and answer that suggested it's better in modern essays to ...
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Should structuring an academic text with the help of questions be avoided?

On an academic writing course some years ago I remember being told that when writing, for instance, a journal article in English, one should usually avoid structuring one's text with the help of ...
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How to introduce the content of my essay (for IELTS) to my reader?

Is it okay to use the phrase “This essay will discuss” in the introduction? I was told by my tutor that I have to refrain from using it because it is too “mechanical”. Is there any way that I can make ...
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Can I use “I” in an essay?

Why is it unprofessional to use the first person in a formal essay? I was writing an argumentative paper for my Language Arts AP class, and I got docked points for having "I" in there. Can you ...
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How to write a good cover letter?

As I am applying for an internship in research labs writing a cover letter is the most important part while applying. I have gone through many websites regarding this, but I can't find the perfect ...
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How many points are sufficient for my essay?

I am writing a 3000 word essay entitled 'Challenges and opportunities of future Civil Aviation'. For the essay, I have taken two aspects of the future of civil aviation in supersonic flight and ...
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How to include a list of terms (glossary) in a scholarly paper (IEEE format)?

I am currently writing my Bachelor's thesis and I have produced a list of terms that I plan on including in the attachments. The description of each term is directly copied from search engine results ...
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What is the most effective way to transition from one paragraph to the next?

I desire to know how to transition smoothly from one paragraph to another in the body text, but there are a number of ways to do it and I don't know which is best. For instance, I could place the ...
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How to incorporate figurative language into a simple statement [closed]

Suppose you have a simple statement like: We should not run away from problems but face them and overcome them What, in general, is the way to go about expressing a simple, direct statement like ...
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How can I write a review? [closed]

Recently, I am working on writing a review about a book and I wanted to know how I can check my grammer mistakes. In other words: how can I write a paragraph or essay in a right way without any ...
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Does a report require a thesis? [closed]

As I understand it, a thesis is some point to be sustained by argument or proof. I've been asked to write a report on a class project, and the rubric says that I need a "thesis statement". However, ...
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How should I present the original paper I am recreating when writing the methodology chapter of my Thesis?

Part of my undergraduate thesis experiment was recreating another experiment, just with slight tweaks. In my lit review I discussed the original work, but not in methodological detail. I am trying to ...
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Putting code examples in BSC thesis

I am writing my bachelor's thesis in software engineering. It is split into two parts: a theoretical part where I analyze existing literature, compare models and draw conclusions; and a part where I ...
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How should I respond to a supervisor/editor who thinks my technical writing is “too conversational?”

My team and I are drafting a technical report to summarize the methods and results of a pilot study we recently conducted. After drafting a handful of sections, I passed them off to our supervisor for ...
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How do I express that others and I were unable to find literature about a topic?

Given this question of mine I wondered: If one wants to publish a new result which one couldn't find any information where the result could have possibly been covered (and neither could one's ...
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How to reference software programs in a dissertation?

Currently I'm writing my dissertation and I'm using IEEE to reference books in Bibliography. Some of my work includes text like this: [...]There are different vendors and open source software ...
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What is meant by the statement mentioned below?

" AVOID CIATATIONS IN TITLE" I just got this remark from an editor after 2 days of an article submission. He has said to avoid citations in title. I have not cited in any title, be it main title or ...
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Citing Pseudonym/Handle as Author: MLA 8

I'm citing several podcasts in an MLA 8 bibliography for a PhD student. Many have authors/hosts with names such as "FriedPapita and Myte" (2 authors), or just "Jaime" (first name only). I've done ...
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MLA 8 and Date Accessed - not required, but still preferable?

From the newest MLA guide: "Citing the date when an online work was consulted is now optional." What is the common consensus regarding whether inclusion of the date is still preferable? Context:...
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Citing two sources in one sentence

Which one is the correct/better way? 1) Although the oil price seems to keep decreasing (Smith 2017), the oil industry is still growing (Watson 2017). 2) Although the oil price seems to keep ...
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How to write a doctoral thesis? [closed]

A few days ago I attended a seminar titled "How to write your doctoral thesis?". I was not able to follow all the points during the seminar. However, the most remarkable ones are easily conceivable. ...
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Do I always need to use linkers and connectors?

I have a question on linkers and connectors. I'm from Spain, so I learnt English at school and all my English teachers have told me throughout secondary school that we always have to use linkers to ...
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How is my 9th grade Book Literary Analysis? Please Review [closed]

My parents say my essay is very strong. It's due tomorrow, what do you think? Prompt: Write a four-paragraph essay of the book "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" that responds ...
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If I unnofficially create a theory and use it in my story, will it have any validity that I'm the author of such theory?

I have some theories that I've contrived, some are philosophical, others are logical or physical, and some are just jokes about life told in a theory format. But I'd like to use some of these theories ...
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Explaining a major-studies change

I am an engineering student trying to write a statement of purpose for graduate school and I am having trouble properly introducing in writing why I'm applying for a particular subject when most of my ...