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MMSL 6100 The Character of Leadership: Writing Tutor

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Handy Definitions

Paraphrase: Your own explanation or interpretation of another person's ideas. Paraphrasing in academic writing is an effective way to restate, condense, or clarify another author's ideas while also providing credibility to your own argument or analysis.

From: Walden University. (2012). Effective paraphrasing. Retrieved from

Analysis: The process of examining an issue or a piece of writing in an effort to locate meaning, connections, or value. Analysis is distinct from summary or description in that it looks not only at what is said but also how it is said, whether it is useful, and how it connects to the larger context of the field. In a scholarly paper, you might analyze an article with questions like this in mind:

  • Did the author use convincing evidence?
  • Does what the author is saying align with or contradict what other authors have said?
  • Is the author's main argument strong or weak?

Scholarly writing: The genre of writing used in academic journals and college-level courses. It is characterized by specialized vocabulary, original thought, careful citation, and scholarly tone.

From: Walden University. (2012). Scholarly writing. Retrieved from

Weekly Writing Tips

Week One:

In week one, you'll be writing your first discussion post, so take a look at our discussion post tips!

Week Two:

In this week's discussion post, you are asked to discuss Walden's mission and vision, which appears in the course catalog. To cite this appropriately, see our advice on citing from the course catalog.

You'll also be learning about critically reflexive journal entries. See our advice on journal entries here.

As you begin to write course papers at Walden, you might encounter some formatting challenges as you attempt to comply with APA's requirements for margins, headers, and other page layout details. The easiest solution is to use our preformatted paper templates, which have these already in place. You can also visit our Microsoft Word Resources for detailed videos and handouts on each of these processes.

Week Three:

A good habit to establish early on is to spell- and grammar-check your work. See this brief video for help setting that up in your Microsoft Word program.

As you work to gain confidence in the process of scholarly writing, take a look at our resources on the life cycle of a paper, which discuss all of the mini-steps that add up to the process of completing a strong piece of academic writing.

Week Four:

As you write your response to the series of questions posed to you this week, think about how you'd like to organize your thoughts. Our advice on paragraph construction offers some tips on pulling your ideas together logically.

Week Five:

This week, you will begin citing journal articles, which can be somewhat tricky at first but will soon become familiar territory for you. Visit our information about how to cite electronic journal articles, and remember to contact if you get stuck.

Because you will be reviewing articles this week, I’ve included some helpful hints to successfully evaluate these sources as you review them for your assignments. And, remember, while you are reviewing, don’t forget these critical reading basics.

Week Six:

This week, you'll tackle the crucial issue of academic integrity. For information on Walden's policies and on best use of, see our academic integrity materials.

Although this topic can seem complex, the key to avoiding plagiarism is fairly simple: to understand proper citation and paraphrasing processes. 

Week Seven:

Your water cooler activity this week asks you to synopsize (or summarize) a piece of writing. See Purdue OWL's helpful discussion of summary, quotation, and paraphrase to understand what this means. 

Week Eight:

In this final assignment, and in many that are to come in future classes, you'll need to use a reference list to house the full bibliographic information for the sources you've cited in your paper. See our reference list information here, along with a handy list of sample references that come up frequently in Walden assignments.