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Academic Writing for Military Personnel

Adam Chapnick and Craig Stone

Publication Year: 2010

Academic Writing for Military Personnel is written for members of the military who are either new to or re-entering the academic community and who need to familiarize themselves with academic writing. The authors, an experienced writing instructor and a retired military officer, show how persuasive academic writing enhances officers’ effectiveness in their regular duties, especially as they reach more senior levels of service. They explain the differences between staff writing and academic writing, and outline some of the common errors military personnel make when transitioning from one to the other. The book’s chapters outline the value of strong written communication skills, the research process, the writing process, academic referencing, and frequent grammatical and syntactical errors. Specific examples chosen with a military audience in mind are integrated throughout the book to provide the reader with relevant and practical guidance. The book concludes with a discussion on how officers can use the knowledge they have acquired through their professional experiences in their academic work. As the only comprehensive guide to effective academic writing designed specifically for military personnel, this book will be a crucial addition to the libraries of junior and senior officers in militaries worldwide.

Published by: University of Ottawa Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. vii-ix


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pp. x


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pp. xi

Introduction: Why Read This Book?

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pp. 1-7

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1 Academic Writing: What Is It? And What Makes It Good?

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pp. 9-29

"Contents: • What isn’t academic writing • The difference between narrative, expository, and academic essays • Characteristics of a good persuasive essay • Determining the quality of a persuasive essay • Citation and formatting..."

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2 The Academic Research Process

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pp. 31-50

"Contents: • Four-step process to academic research: topic selection, preliminary research, writing a research proposal (optional), and additional research • How to use the internet as a research tool • What to include in electronic research notes..."

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3 The Academic Writing Process:A Structure

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pp. 51-75

"Contents: • How to organize your notes • How to develop a comprehensive outline • How to develop an introduction, body, and conclusion • How to use headings • How to make effective revisions • Characteristics of an appropriate and effective title • Creating an abstract..."

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4 Notes and Quotes

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pp. 77-89

"Contents: • When to use a footnote • The appropriate use of quotations • The importance of scholarly attribution..."

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5 Common Problems in Academic Writing

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pp. 91-100

"Contents: • Run-on sentences • Tense shifts • Faulty parallelism • Dangling modifiers • Wordiness • Overusing the passive voice, abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms • Using contractions and gendered language..."

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6 Evaluating an Academic Essay for Credit

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pp. 101-111

"Contents: • Understanding the criteria used to evaluate academic essays • Holistic grading and criterion-based assessment • Using a grading rubric..."

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7 Other Academic Writing Assignments

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pp. 113-120

"Contents: • Book reviews • Literature reviews • Opinion editorials • Case studies..."

8 Conclusion

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pp. 121-124


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pp. 125-128


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pp. 129-133

E-ISBN-13: 9780776618869
E-ISBN-10: 0776618865
Print-ISBN-13: 9780776607344
Print-ISBN-10: 0776607340

Page Count: 148
Publication Year: 2010