Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians REVISED EDITION by Christopher V. Hollister

By Christopher V. Hollister

The guide of educational Writing for Librarians is the main whole reference resource on hand for librarians who desire or wish to put up within the expert literature. The instruction manual addresses concerns and requisites of scholarly writing and publishing in a start-to-finish demeanour. usual codecs of scholarly writing are addressed: learn papers, articles, and books. Sections and chapters contain subject matters resembling constructing scholarly writing initiatives in library technological know-how, the development of educational writing, knowing and coping with the peer evaluation approach together with submission, revision, and the way to deal with rejection and attractiveness, assessing appropriateness of publishing retailers, and copyright.

This fundamental reference device for the library and data technological know-how (LIS) group helps those that both wish or are required to put up within the expert literature. LIS scholars on the masters and doctoral degrees may also take advantage of this entire quantity.

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Use of they is discouraged because it avoids the directness and specificity that academic writing requires, particularly with respect to known or unknown gender (see example below). Authors are also discouraged from using the third-person plural pronouns they, them, and their in reference to a singular antecedent; though this is generally accepted in informal writing, it is considered grammatically incorrect and unacceptable in academic writing. EXAMPLE: Third-Person Personal Pronouns INCORRECT: I had access to the archival collection by virtue of my affiliation with the University.

The following elements of tone are particular areas of concern for LIS authors. Antagonism. Scholarly discourse brings together authors with differing and sometimes opposing viewpoints. Although the discourse in LIS is comparatively benign, authors will sometimes disagree with or find shortcomings in one another’s work. In such instances, it is vital to maintain an engaged, but professional tone. EXAMPLE: Avoiding Antagonistic Tone INCORRECT: Gramlich and Miller’s (2011) study completely ignores… CORRECT: The authors believe that Gramlich and Miller’s (2011) study does not account for… Defensiveness.

Academic writing requires the use of third-person point of view. , their research showed…). Authors have the following third-person pronouns to operate with: • • • • • • 36 Nominative Singular: he, she, it Nominative Plural: they Objective Singular: him, her, it Objective Plural: them Possessive Singular: his, her, hers, its Possessive Plural: their, theirs [ Elements of Writing Well Objective and possessive pronouns are preferred in academic writing; nominative pronouns such as I and we are permissible but discouraged.

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