Developing Your Scholarly Voice: How to Paraphrase, Make Claims, and Synthesize Literature

As a scholar, you have the opportunity to make unique contributions to the discourse around topics that matter to you. To do so, you need to grow your scholarly voice. In this interactive webinar, we will teach you how to write in ways that help your voice be heard. Learn how to make claims that are supported by evidence. Discover the power of paraphrasing, and finally, learn how to synthesize (not just summarize) literature. We will both model and provide opportunities to practice these three scholarly writing skills.

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About the Presenters

Jessica Parker received her Ed.D. (Northeastern University, 2017) in Organizational Leadership. Before founding Dissertation by Design, Jessica directed two interprofessional research grants, including a three-year cooperative agreement with Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Northeastern University School of Nursing. She serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Dental Hygiene, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and Journal of Professional Nursing. Her ultimate goal is to demystify the research writing process for scholars by helping them produce well-written, high-quality research that resonates with its intended audience to achieve the greatest possible impact.

Veronica Richard received her Ph.D. (University of Northern Colorado, 2010) in Applied Statistical Research and Research Methods with a cognate in Reading. She has extensive training and experience in qualitative methodologies and methods and in literacy. Veronica is a reviewer for several journals, including Qualitative Research in Psychology, Emerging Adulthood, and the International Journal of Research and Methods in Education. She serves to give voice to those whose voice is traditionally discounted or silenced through investigating and practicing social, cultural and ethical pedagogy, research, and mentoring.  Helping others navigate and gain confidence in scholarly discourse is one of her main goals.

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