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The goal for the Academic Writing Project (Created in February, 2016) is to introduce graduate students in China to basic procedures as practiced in the United States in preparing a research paper. It is hoped that this short course will help improve participants’ academic writing skills. The project is part of Amerian Cultural Center program between Appalachian State University and Northeastern University sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
Video 1 – Introduction
Video 2 – Characteristics and Purposes of Academic Writing
Video 3 – Academic vs. Non-Academic Writing
Video 4 – Major Types of Academic Writing
Video 5 – How to Writie Like an Academic
Video 6 – The Outline!
Video 7 – Writing a Paper: How to Begin
Video 8 – Writing a Paper: Helpful Strategies
Video 9 – Parts of Your Paper
Video 10 – The Importance of a Literature Review in Writing a Research Paper
Video 11 – Evaluating Internet Resources
Video 12 – Challenges and Issues in Writing Academic Papers in English
1. Avoiding Plagiarism:
Biographical Notes on the Presenters
Dr. Matthew B. Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. He specializes in issues of social justice, criminological theory, and injustices of the criminal justice system, and he is an expert on capital punishment and US drug control policy. Robinson is the author of 18 books and 100 other publications including articles and book chapters. He is Past President of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association and Past President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association as was a counterterrorism fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Robinson also regularly teaches classes on academic writing.
Dr. Xiaorong Shao is an Associate Professor and Information Literacy Librarian at Appalachian State University. Dr. Shao is a co-director of the American Cultural Center between Appalachian State University and Northeastern University, Shenyang, China. She has been involved in many international activities and research projects on campus and beyond. Dr. Shao was a reviewer for three international journals. She has published more than 20 articles in several major academic journals during recent years. Dr. Shao earned four degrees from three countries in the fields of soil science, chemistry, curriculum and instruction, information and library science.
Prof. Allan Scherlen is a Professor and Social Sciences Librarian at Appalachian State University. He has co-managed the American Cultural Center grants with Dr. Shao for the last three years and has been active in other international exchange programs. He currently serves as an associate editor for the North Carolina Libraries journal and editorial board member of the journal Library Collections, Acquisitions and Technical Services. For five years he was the co-editor of the Balance Point section of the international journal Serials Review. Allan has published over thirty articles in major academic journals on topics related to libraries, scholarly publishing and international issues.