Academic Writing Acknowledges and Responds to Established Perspectives

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In academic writing, no idea is totally original. Strong academic writers explain their ideas only after considering what others have said about their topic. That way, they can demonstrate to their readers (that is, other academics) that they’re advancing an academic conversation.

Take a look at the following cartoon:

This stone-age inventor is clearly talking like an academic—that’s what makes this cartoon funny. That’s because he’s acknowledging how his invention builds on established work in his field. When academic readers can see that your writing builds on previous research, they’re more likely to grasp why what you’re saying is important, and take you seriously as an academic writer.