To come up with a definition of academic writing is like asking someone to define an apple; the most common reaction from the other person would be either “Uhh” or “Hmm”. Either the other person would start describing it or simply define it as a “fruit”; the latter would lots of room for ambiguity. So we’ll choose the former option and first, describe academic writing. Never the less, we shall come up with a concrete definition which would explain you better about characteristics of academic writing.
Introducing You to the Scholarly Style of Writing
When your hands are tied up with an academic writing assignment, you will be writing about a specific subject from an authoritative perspective; your tone will be that of an expert on the field who has references from other experts backing up his claim. For example, you start to write a thesis on Cloud Computing and, in the beginning, make your claim that Small Businesses can benefit from utilizing Cloud Computing.
After this, you will gather & quote as many possible references from other experts who have shared your point of view in the past and published their work. In addition to making a claim, you can also write an academic paper for exploratory purposes i.e. you try to find out more about a particular issue and add your findings to the (sometimes) already existing “knowledge bank”. You can more detailed tips at guidelines to develop a scholarly writing style.
Purpose of Academic Writing in Research, Reading and Technical Writing
A common perception is that academic encapsulates final term dissertations and thesis assigned in colleges & universities. Yes, while that is true, there are also professional firms that are preoccupied with conducting & publishing academic writings. Now, coming back to the definition of scholarly writing, I describe it as,
“Any writing that can either be backed up by past research to validate a certain claim or is conducted to explore a particular subject; commonly assigned by universities & colleges”.