As a nurse embarking on an advanced degree, you are developing the characteristics of a scholar-practitioner, which includes strong communication skills. Writing in a scholarly manner involves supporting your thoughts with evidence from the literature and appropriately using APA formatting
Discussion: Scholarly Writing and Plagiarism
As a nurse embarking on an advanced degree, you are developing the characteristics of a scholar-practitioner, which includes strong communication skills. Writing in a scholarly manner involves supporting your thoughts with evidence from the literature and appropriately using APA formatting.
One of the challenges of scholarly writing is paraphrasing the thoughts of others in your work. Paraphrasing, and correctly citing the original author for his or her ideas, allows you to take the ideas of others, summarize them, and incorporate them into your own writing.
When summarizing the ideas of others, it is important to avoid plagiarizing (copying the words and ideas of others as though they were your own). In addition to expanding your knowledge of APA, this weekâ€™s Learning Resources help you to distinguish between paraphrasing and plagiarizing.
Think about the sometimes subtle difference between plagiarizing and paraphrasing.
Read the following paragraphs, which were written by Patricia Oâ€™Conner:
A good writer is one you can read without breaking a sweat. If you want a workout, you donâ€™t lift a bookâ€”you lift weights. Yet weâ€™re brainwashed to believe that the more brilliant the writer, the tougher the going.
The truth is that the reader is always right. Chances are, if something youâ€™re reading doesnâ€™t make sense, itâ€™s not your faultâ€”itâ€™s the writerâ€™s. And if something you write doesnâ€™t get your point across, itâ€™s probably not the readerâ€™s faultâ€”itâ€™s yours. Too many readers are intimidated and humbled by what they canâ€™t understand, and in some cases thatâ€™s precisely the effect the writer is after. But confusion is not complexity; itâ€™s just confusion. A venerable tradition, dating back to the ancient Greek orators, teaches that if you donâ€™t know what youâ€™re talking about, just ratchet up the level of difficulty and no one will ever know.
Donâ€™t confuse simplicity, though, with simplemindedness. A good writer can express an extremely complicated idea clearly and make the job look effortless. But such simplicity is a difficult thing to achieve because to be clear in your writing you have to be clear in your thinking. This is why the simplest and clearest writing has the greatest power to delight, surprise, inform, and move the reader. You canâ€™t have this kind of shared understanding if writer and reader are in an adversary relationship. (pp. 195â€“196)
Source: Oâ€™Conner, P. (2003). Woe is I: The grammarphobeâ€™s guide to better English in plain English. New York: Riverhead Books.
Paraphrase this passage from Oâ€™Conner using no more than 75â€“100 words. Remember that paraphrasing means summarizing the essence of the original text. It does not mean creating a thesaurus-based revision of the authorâ€™s original words or copying the piece, or any part of it, word for word. For this activity, do not use any direct quotes.
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