|Research in IT|
|Academic writing||Thesis | Techniques ||
By the end of this section you will be able to:
- Write for the future – a proposal is about what you will be doing
- Write for a non-expert
- Get the facts right
- opinion (don’t use “I think..”)
- Using time based word, the report may be read years in the future e.g. “current technology”, “today’s hardware”
- Words like “above” or “below” – use previously or following (as the document may be reformatted)
- Support statements from literature
- Work progressively and to a plan
- Be prepared to draft and re-draft
- Discuss your report with others
The use of "I" and "We"
- "I" or "we" can signal that you are expressing an opinion e.g. "I think that more females were ...". A research paper is based on what is found in literature or comments are supported by literature.
- Many publications accept "I" and "we" if it describes a process or procedure you have doen e.g. "I then built a prototype system" - which is a fact.
- 2013 http://people.dsv.su.se/~jpalme/personal-pronoun.html
"The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense."
When writing think how your paper will read in the future. A paper generally records what has happened (past tense).