Date of publication: 2017-08-22 05:39
It’s not always right, or always wrong, to use the first person. We all have different writing styles, and the use of first person may come more naturally to some than to others. The most important thing to consider, whether using APA Style or another style, is the clarity and accuracy of each sentence in your text. To quote the Manual one more time, “Make certain that every word means exactly what you intend it to mean” (p. 68).
Jeanette Garcia works as an adjunct professor for writing and rhetoric I and II and as a writing tutor at Florida International University. When she's not sleeping, eating, teaching, watching films or reading, she writes.
It is important in persuasive writing to have a definite point of view while maintaining reader’s interest with sound reasoning and solid evidence. A persuasive essay should end with a firm conclusion.
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This is a big problem since more than half of the academic writing that already exists is on subjects that are difficult to understand for most non-academics. And when you remove the distinctive self (or voice) from your writing, it can become unbearable to read. When you alienate the 'I' from your dissertation, you are taking a big risk: turning your writing into a mere juxtaposition of facts and figures.
Some practices are so longstanding, like knocking on wood against evil, they have solidified in our subconscious – impossible to change, or even question. This irony is not lost on me. Academia is supposed to be a place to question everything, yet every day I'm surrounded by silent rules that are not up for questioning.
Your dissertation should be written in English. If this is not your native language, it is important that you ask someone literate to proof read your dissertation. Your supervisor only has a limited amount of time, so it would be sensible to ask two or three literate friends to read your dissertation before giving it to your supervisor. That way, he or she will be able to concentrate on the technical content without being distracted by the style.
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When I submitted my very first piece of writing towards my dissertation, I met with my supervisor to discuss the work I had done and he gave me some good feedback on making a plan, constructing a chapter using Endnote , and incorporating more sources instead of relying on just five books. He also told me that using 'I' or 'we' is a big no-no.
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One more thing about us crazy academics: we like to daydream. And today, just for the sake of it, I dream of a world where I can use the dreaded 'I'. I imagine a world where I can own up to what I have created, the knowledge that I have contributed, not just on the cover of my dissertation, but throughout my writing by using the active voice – my voice – and the first person point of view.
The question encourages personal opinions for a good reason. Various sources on writing research papers differ vastly, though it seems majority does not favor the first person "I" form. For one of the more serious in computer science not in favour of "I", see ., Knuth's Mathematical Writing () - although later on, the material also discusses the opposite ( and 668).
Avoiding the third person can also lead to confusion, as noted by the American Psychological Association. Referring to authors or the author in a sentence while also using an outside reference can make it unclear which author the writer is discussing. Not using the first person can also lead to anthropomorphism, having an inanimate object or concept, such as a study or experiment, take on human behavior. If a student's work has been composed in a group, the editorial we is appropriate. However, if it is an individual work, the author should refrain from using the plural and rely on the singular I.
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Incidentally, it is a good idea to make sure that one of your readers is not a specialist in your area of research. That way they can check that you have explained the technical concepts in an accessible way.