Assignment: Evaluating Scholarly Writing

Authorities in every academic discipline share certain expectations and norms for publication in their scholarly journals and texts. While specialists in some disciplines uphold a strict standard of academic writing, other experts allow a more flexible rhetorical style. In general, however, academic writers strive to influence their discourse communities by following the expected norms.

While communities of scholars strive to ensure quality in their disciplines, they also recognize a certain level of subjectivity in determining the quality of academic writing. Analyzing each author’s quality of evidence, awareness of the target audience, and potential for personal bias will help you determine the appropriateness of books, articles, and other documents that you read. For this Assignment, you evaluate a scholarly article. As you review articles, consider the ways that the different backgrounds of the authors and their readers may affect both the creation and the interpretation of the writing.

To prepare:

By Day 7

Submit a 1-page evaluation of the article you selected. In your evaluation, be sure to do the following:

After writing your draft, be sure to complete the following steps before submitting your final draft to Assignment:

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the
Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

President & Fellows Harvard University. (2010). Interrogating texts: Six reading habits to develop in your first year at Harvard. Retrieved from
Note: The navigation links on the Harvard site may not be functioning properly, so please scroll down the page manually to access the information.

Ware, M. (2008). Peer review: An introduction and guide. Retrieved from

Walden University. (2014) Library. Retrieved from

Walden University. (n.d). Writing Center. Retrieved from

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012g). Walden University: Introduction to scholarly writing: Purpose, audience, and evidence [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 4 minutes.

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