Academic Writing Skill

Research and Knowledge Management Office of St. Mary University conducted a half-day training on Academic Writing on 24 March 2018. The training was delivered by Dr. Kebede Kassa, Director of Research and Knowledge Management Office (RaKMO).

The participants were there were 11 participants from different department such as Basic Courses, Management, Sociology, Informatics, Accounting and staffs of Testing Center and RaKMO.

The presentation mainly focused on the genre of research, the path to publication, the reason and motivationfor publishing and the key elements of publishing scientific articles. Under the key elements of publishing, the discussion focused on how to keep ethical issues to the standard, the type of style and language,  components and structure of scientific paper, selection of journals and article submission and the common ways of  publisher’s  and peer reviewing process were mentioned.

Furthermore, the importance of doing critical reading of sources before writing a paper was also emphasized. It is also emphasized that one well done research should communicate the main message (central idea of the paper) which elaborates one’s purpose. 

The main components of a paper, that is, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion/Conclusion were presented and also what to do in each section was briefed.  Moreover, the types of choices of integrating a text, that is, Summarizing, Quoting and Paraphrasing as well as the art of paraphrasing, when and how to do quoting and summarizing were outlined and discussed. In addition, using footnotes in the text, the need to do drafting and how to appropriately use references, the different styles of referencing particularly, the Chicago style, Vancouver and Harvard referencing style were presented.

Finally, the trainer, Dr.Kebede, indicated that there will be intensive and participatory training in the near future. He also reflected on the need for a writing lab, similar to the computer lab, which could be established at a convenient place in the University. The possibility of this, he said shall be discussed with the Top Management and may happen in the course of time.