Week 2 Journal: Academic Voice

Can you help me understand this Psychology question?

Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) is essentially about the explanation of information in one’s own voice, avoiding copying and pasting other’s exact thoughts (as direct quotes or otherwise). This practice also gives credit to the authors/resources that supported the development of insight through properly citing within your paper. Although using direct quotes is allowed, it should be sparingly practiced, only to strengthen and support arguments fully made by oneself. Hence, developing an awareness of the importance of this skill will help you to become better at sharing what you have learned, and can also decrease the stress that can be associated with writing assignments. Less stress can equal increased success!

For your journal you will be reflecting on your own understanding of how to maintain ethical writing throughout your academic journey, as well as your future goals.

To complete this activity,

  • First, give examples of at least three qualities associated with utilizing your own academic voice.
  • Next, relate at least three strategies for utilizing your own academic voice in discussions and/or assignments.
    • What can you do right now to help you avoid accidental plagiarism?
  • Finally, explain how ethical writing skills will be relevant to your own educational and career journey.

Your journal should be a minimum of one single-spaced page, 12 pt. Arial or Times New Roman font. Although a journal is less formal than a writing assignment and may contain references to oneself, polished professional writing is still required and therefore running a Grammarly (Links to an external site.) check is encouraged to assist with proofreading.


Summarizes at Least Three Qualities Associated with Utilizing Academic Voice: Comprehensively, clearly, and accurately summarizes at least three qualities associated with utilizing academic voice.

Identifies Strategies for Utilizing Academic Voice in Discussions and/or Assignments: Clearly and accurately identifies strategies for utilizing academic voice in discussions and/or assignments.

Explains How Ethical Writing Skills Will be Relevant to One’s Career Journey: Comprehensively explains how ethical writing skills will be relevant to one’s career journey.

Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics: Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors and is very easy to understand.