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Ask a probing question, substantiated with additional background information, evidence or research.

Share an insight from having read your colleagues’ postings, synthesizing the information to provide new perspectives.

Offer and support an alternative perspective using readings from the classroom or from your own research in the Walden Library.

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Quelly, S. B. (2017). Characteristics Associated with School Nurse Childhood Obesity Prevention Practices. Pediatric Nursing, 43(4). Retrieved from https://www.pediatricnursing.net/issues/17julaug/abstr5.html

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My experience with using Grammarly and Safe Assign were not as daunting as I expected.  Grammarly is an app-based program that can be attached to Office 365 and Firefox.  The link for Grammarly was found on the academic guides page.  I used the site search box to find the app’s location. From there it was as easy as following directions and downloading the app.  I copy and pasted the paraphrased assignment and received an 83/100 for performance.  Other scores given were for word and sentence length, those scores were a 4.9 and a10.9.  The only issue found was the “Go Premium” offer that was $11.99 a month or $139.95a year.  There will not be a subscription ordered.  Grammarly will be used in my Word program on a trial basis. It can’t hurt to see what needs to be fixed in real time.  Another academic integrity tool is Safe Assign.  This tool is defined in the academic answers portion of the academic guide by stating, “SafeAssign is a tool that helps students prevent plagiarism and aids in identifying opportunities to add properly cited sources rather than just paraphrasing.” (Walden, 2011) Finding Safe Assign in Blackboard was very easy.  It is in the toolbar on the bottom left-hand side of the page.  Once on the site, it is as easy as browsing your computer for the document and simply upload it.   The only issue I have with Safe Assign is it is not in real time, you must wait for the site to review your work then make the changes needed.  In my opinion, Grammarly is a better tool for writing and having a real-time view of the paper being written.

A resource that I would recommend is the Online Writing Lab (OWL).  It is the base from where the American Psychological Association (APA) is explained in detail.  In the APA overview and workshop section of the OWL, it states, “Establish your credibility or ethos in the field by demonstrating an awareness of your audience and their needs as fellow researchers.” (Purdue Writing Lab, 2018) This is why we should use APA when scholarly writing.  Credibility is key when writing anything at a master’s level.  When using APA, we research ideas and information from scientific journals, and at the same time distribute that knowledge in the form of scholarly writings.  Using the OWL for any APA formatting question creates a solid base for building an educational publication to be reviewed by your peers. (APA, 2010, pg.9)

Grammar in its basic form decides how a writer will be received by the reader.  Incorrect grammar sidetracks the reader from the tone an author has set.  A format that I constantly work on is the use of parallel construction.  On page 84 of, the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.)” parallel construction is covered.  This is two ideas covered in a sentence that will improve the reader’s comprehension.  (APA, 2010, pg.84) Another format important to consider is the explanation of abbreviations.  Abbreviations in scientific writing are used to shorten long drawn out titles. The key in using abbreviations is to initially explain what the abbreviation is and use it at least four times.  There is a balance that must be attained.  Using too many abbreviations jumbles up the sentence and make it difficult to read, but not using enough causes the reader to lose interest with repetitive phrasing. (APA, 2010, pg.106-107)

 

References

American Psychological Association. (2010, pg.9,84). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Purdue Writing Lab. (2018). APA Style Introduction // Purdue Writing Lab. [online] Available at: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html [Accessed 10 Dec. 2018].

Walden University. (2012d).  Walden University: APA style. Retrieved from http://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/APA.htm

 

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