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
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
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
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.
Turn your paraphrase into Grammarly and SafeAssign.
Review your reports.
Review the other tools, resources, and services available to
you through the Walden Writing Center that support your growth as a scholarly
Consider which of these resources you find to be most
Review learning resources on APA formatting rules and
information within the Walden Writing Center on APA
By Day 3
Post a description of your experience of using Grammarly and
SafeAssign and share at least one insight you gained about paraphrasing and
avoiding plagiarism as a matter of academic integrity. Recommend at least one other online resource
that supports scholarly writing, and explain your rationale. Lastly, share two
APA formatting rules with the class and a specific page number in the APA
manual where this rule can be located
Support your Discussion assignment with specific resources
used in its preparation using APA formatting. You are asked to provide a
reference for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this