NURS 6001 Scholarly Writing and Plagiarism Discussion

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NURS 6001 Scholarly Writing and Plagiarism Discussion

NURS 6001 Scholarly Writing and Plagiarism Discussion



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 ly 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 week’s Learning Resources help you to distinguish between
paraphrasing and plagiarizing.

To prepare:

Think about the sometimes subtle difference between
plagiarizing and paraphrasing.

Read the following paragraphs, which were written by
Patricia O’Conner:

A good writer is one you can read without breaking a sweat.
If you want a workout, you don’t lift a book—you lift weights. Yet we’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 you’re reading doesn’t make sense, it’s not your fault—it’s the
writer’s. And if something you write doesn’t get your point across, it’s probably
not the reader’s fault—it’s yours. Too many readers are intimidated and humbled
by what they can’t understand, and in some cases that’s precisely the effect
the writer is after. But confusion is not complexity; it’s just confusion. A
venerable tradition, dating back to the ancient Greek orators, teaches that if
you don’t know what you’re talking about, just ratchet up the level of difficulty
and no one will ever know.

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Don’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 can’t have this kind of shared understanding
if writer and reader are in an adversary relationship. (pp. 195–196)

Source: O’Conner, P. (2003). Woe is I: The grammarphobe’s
guide to better English in plain English. New York: Riverhead Books.

Paraphrase this passage from O’Conner using no more than
75–100 words. Remember that paraphrasing means summarizing the essence of the
original text. It does not mean creating a thesaurus-based revision of the
author’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 Safe Assign.

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.

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