Category Archives: authority in writing

what’s with the name doctoral ‘student’?

One of the things I’ve been trying really hard to get over is the notion of the doctoral ‘student’. This is by far the most common way to refer to people doing a PhD, and it’s pretty hard not to … Continue reading

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quotations – handle with care

Quotations are dangerous. The way that you use quotations can give away whether you think you are still writing as a student, or writing as an expert scholar in your own right. Student assignments are often heavily strewn with quotations. … Continue reading

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making authoritative claims

Compared to – let’s say journalists for argument’s sake – we academics are generally a lot less prepared to say anything for absolute certain. Why do we do this? Do we simply love complexity and being vague? Well of course … Continue reading

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writing like those I admire

That half conscious state between sleeping and waking seems to be the time that I begin to compose a blog post. I often wake up relatively early with a half formed idea. I then work on it idly, gradually waking … Continue reading

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how to read an academic book closely – part three – sucking the stone

There are some books that are important to your study and some that are critical to your ongoing research agenda, and some that you just love. There are also some writers whose work you want to know in great detail. … Continue reading

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are you experienced (at writing journal articles)

So you’ve not written a lot of journal articles before, if any. Does this matter? Well not necessarily – but it might. When asked, journal editors almost always report that one of the major reasons for paper rejections is that … Continue reading

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the quotation sandwich

Mary Jane Curry (University of Rochester) recommended a text to me that people in her doctoral writing courses find helpful. Having now acquired it,  I agree with her recommendation. The book is: Graff, G and Birkenstein, C (2010) They say, … Continue reading

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