Writing & Scholarship Series 2017


1. January 13

Ling Shi and Wendy Traas

Citation practices, citation management

This session addresses two important topics in academic practice: paraphrasing and citation management. In the first part of the session, Dr. Shi will use writing samples from graduate students across disciplines to help participants understand that paraphrasing is a process of smoothly integrating the source information into the new text by interpreting and recounting only the source information with relevance to the current text. Such a process will lead to substantial paraphrases with minimum re-use of original wording.

In the second part of the session, Wendy Traas from the Education Library will introduce Mendeley, Endnote and Refworks: citation management tools that can help you keep track of your research and improve the efficiency of your writing process by storing your citations in a central location. Citation managers allow you to focus on writing without spending too much time tracking down full bibliographic references for the authors you choose to include in your work. Wendy will include an overview of the features of different citation managers and how they can be used to build a personal library.

To explore the use of these tools, bring your laptop.


2. February 10

Patsy Duff and Anthony Paré

Writing effective literature reviews

What is a literature review, and what should it do? All key academic texts – from articles to proposals to theses – have a literature review, but not all of those reviews look the same. Some are very broad and comprehensive, while others are narrowly focused. All of them, however, do more than simply list references, and all play a crucial role in the text’s argument. This workshop will consider what the literature review does in various types of texts, and offer suggestions for creating effective reviews.


3. March 3

Ryuko Kubota

Writing effective book reviews for publication

Writing a book review is a great way to start building your publication record. Yet, publishing a book review involves a specific procedure and textual expectations different from journal articles. This workshop will offer an overview of this specific genre and practical recommendations for successful writing of book reviews. It will address such issues as choosing a book to review, selecting a journal, contacting a journal editor, and paying attention to genre expectations.


4. March 31

Dr. Bonny Norton

Demystifying publishing in language and literacy educational research

In this session, I seek to demystify the process of international publication, drawing on my experience as a writer, editor, board member, and journal reviewer for a wide range of educational journals. Topics will include: From term paper to journal article; choice of journal; multiple authorship; and the revision process.  The following article is available on my website (http://faculty.educ.ubc.ca/norton/) under “Publications/Chapters in books”.

Lee, E., & Norton, B. (2003). Demystifying publishing: A collaborative exchange between graduate student and supervisor. In C. Casanave & S. Vandrick (Eds.), Writing for publication: Behind the scenes in language education (pp.17-38). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.