Essay on My Stuff

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Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper on how you can prepare for academic success at the graduate level. Include the following: 260 WORDS PER PART * Identify characteristics of graduate writing and explain how writing at the graduate level differs from other forms of writing. * Outline the elements of effective written communication. A. Sender : the person who send the massage
- Message : the massage that send from the sender
- Channel : the transmission line connect between sender and receiver
- Receiver : the person who receive the massage through the channel * Describe plagiarism and steps to avoid it. B. plagiarism is defined as “the deliberate or reckless representation of another’s words, thoughts, or
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In order to decide if the material you want to use in your paper constitutes “common knowledge,” you may find it helpful to ask yourself the following questions: * Did I know this information before I took this course? * Did this information/idea come from my own brain?
If you answer “no” to either or both of these questions, then the information is not “common knowledge” to you. In these cases, you need to cite your source(s) and indicate where you first learned this bit of what may be “common knowledge” in the field.
What about paraphrasing?
Paraphrasing means taking another person’s ideas and putting those ideas in your own words. Paraphrasing does NOT mean changing a word or two in someone else’s sentence, changing the sentence structure while maintaining the original words, or changing a few words to synonyms. If you are tempted to rearrange a sentence in any of these ways, you are writing too close to the original. That’s plagiarizing, not paraphrasing.
Paraphrasing is a fine way to use another person’s ideas to support your argument as long as you attribute the material to the author and cite the source in the text at the end of the sentence. In order to make sure you are paraphrasing in the first place, take notes from your reading with the book closed. Doing so will make it easier to put the ideas in your own words. When you are unsure if you are writing too close to the original, check with your instructor BEFORE you turn in the paper for a grade.

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