Guilford College Writing Manual

This is the official Guilford College Writing Manual. A collaboration between the English Department and the Hege Library.

A Proposed Categorization of the Academic Writer's Responsibilities

The following appeared in a College English article entitled "Writing as Moral and Civic Thinking," written by Sandra Stotsky.  The list's title is self-explanatory.
 

A Proposed Categorization of the Academic Writer's Responsibilities

A. With respect to the purposes of academic language

  • To define key terms
  • To write clearly

B. With respect to other writers

  • To consider other writers as intelligent as oneself
  • To present another writer’s views fairly
  • To attribute ideas only to their authors.

C. With respect to the integrity of the subject

  • To gather all seemingly relevant information on a topic
  • To evaluate the relevance and quality of gathered information
  • To address all relevant information
  • To account for all significant components in an analogy
  • To provide adequate evidence for assertions directly or through accessible references
  • To use facts accurately
  • Not to make blanket generalizations
  • To use representative examples of a phenomenon
  • To create texts with no erroneous implications
  • To provide correct examples for reasonable generalizations
  • To create consistent categories for classifying information
  • To create coherent texts.

D. With respect to the integrity of the reader

  • To assume an open-minded reader
  • To use effectively balanced terms
  • Not to stereotype possible readers.