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Essential Writing Tools for Building a Scholarly Foundation in Higher Education



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Library Philosophy and Practice 2009 ISSN 1522 0222 Essential Writing Tools for Building a Scholarly Foundation in Higher Education Kelli R Paquette Department of Professional Studies in Education College of Education and Educational Technology Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana PA 15705 Introduction Immediately following the doctoral defense the newly affirmed Dr Rearick exclaimed Thank goodness the dissertation is done That has been enough writing to last me a lifetime Little did she know that eight months later she would accept a tenure track position in an institution of higher education which necessitated a change of attitude about the art of writing In actuality the day she defended was the day that the professional responsibility of researching writing and contributing to the educational field had truly begun Writing for publication can be intimidating Newly hired tenure track university professors may have experienced similar situations to that of Dr Rearick After a successful doctoral defense an initial and brief period of relief is followed by the startling realization that the researching and writing frenzy is just beginning Anxiety apprehension or primal fear may spread through one s soul when thinking about the daunting task of writing Knowing that publishing in refereed journals is usually necessary for successful careers in higher education can be overwhelming However just as knowledgeable contractors understand how tools work and use the appropriate ones for various building tasks scholarly writers must understand the required tools for high quality intellectual writing and use those tools on a daily basis to add important scholarly written material to their professional fields of study This article is written to provide the essential writing tools for building a successful scholarly foundation in higher education Authors Tools for Writing Projects Design a personal writing blueprint Identify your passion and start writing Sometimes the



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