Preparing for Academic Success at the Graduate Level Essay

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Preparing for Academic Success at the Graduate Level
Monica Stracuzza
September 15, 2014
Gracie Aguilera

Characteristics of Graduate Writing Writing at the graduate level is a significant part of a student's coursework when entering into a Master's program. Throughout a person's college career, they have written many papers in their undergraduate studies, but writing papers at a graduate level differs from previous styles of writing. There are very distinct characteristics in graduate writing. Following the rules of graduate writing correctly, makes for a clear and precise paper; grabbing the audience's attention, and making the point of the paper undeniable to the reader, while using facts
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When using information obtained from research it is important to cite any and all references. Use quotation marks where word for word statements are placed and use in-text citations where paraphrasing has occurred. Giving credit to all these references will help the writer to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is an inexcusable offense when writing papers. It constitutes as stealing when references are merely not cited; leading to the rejection of the paper, not including the various penalties the student will have to face from the University. Research helps the writer to support all ideas in the paper. Full access to any and all references should be given to the reader, through citations and a reference page at the end of the paper. A graduate level paper will address a particular audience with a clear and comprehensible purpose. It is important that the writer has an accurate and clear understanding of what is being asked from them for an assignment before taking on the writing task. If the task is unclear, the writer's point will be lost as will their audience. One of the most important factors of any paper is the tone. At the graduate level, the tone is set in formal writing. The use of informal or conversational wording is inappropriate, including using clichés, contradictions, and generalizations (Graduate Level Writing, 2011*2014). "Graduate level writing demonstrates an awareness of the assignment's guidelines, purpose, audience, format,

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