This week, you will write a short paper on the topic of what constitutes quality academic or scholarly writing—which will include a discussion of the challenges that novice writers face. It may be a good idea to start by considering some questions related to the topic.

  • What are the qualities of good academic writing?
  • Why is quality academic writing important?
  • What are some of the challenges faced by novice scholarly writers?
  • What is plagiarism?
  • Why is academic integrity important?

Use the various resources provided this week to help you develop the paper. This should be an APA-style paper with a title page, an introduction, a series of sections using main headings (based on the five questions listed above), and a developed conclusion. Remember to paraphrase information from the resources (using appropriate citations) and keep direct quotations to a minimum (no more than one for a short paper). Use the Activity 1 paper template provided this week to help with the assignment.
Length: 3-4 pages, not including title and reference pages
Resources: Include a minimum of 3 scholarly resources, you may use the suggested readings or other appropriate scholarly resources

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