Writing Center

Faculty Advice for Communications Papers


In this latest edition of the Faculty Advice blog series, we have writing tips from Dr. Wendy Maxian, an associate professor and Chair from the Communications department.  Below is her perspective on the components that make a Communications paper successful and effective.  Read through and refer back to her advice as you edit your communications papers! --Kara H.

WC: What is the most important writing tip you would like to share with students writing a Communications paper?

Dr. Maxian: Keep it concise and clear. Focus on choosing nouns and verbs that precisely match the meaning you are conveying. Avoid personal and demonstrative pronouns. Instead, use the noun or person's name to which you are referring. Finally, avoid complex sentence structures. If you find yourself using a semicolon or dash, stop and simplify your sentence. 

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