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ERIC Number: ED356497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-1
Pages: 9
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Sources, Research Writing, and Hypertext.
Sudol, Ronald A.
Writing and reading in hypertext environments have more similarities with incompetent student research writing than the model of research writing that dominates the freshman composition enterprise. The research paper becomes a rite of passage and capstone writing experience, taxing the student writer's skills of organization and deft manipulation of multiple sources. Over the years, composition teachers have tried numerous techniques for helping students perform well as writers by calling research papers by a different name, by emphasizing rhetorical inquiry, or by introducing elements of personal narrative. There are reports of success, but most research papers continue to be "grotesque monstrosities." The authoritative voice of the writer of a research paper has already been challenged by such technologies as photocopying, word processing, electronic scanning, and computerized databases. Reading and writing in hypertext in the future will decentralize the writer further. Although its immediacy and flexibility suggest orality, electronic text moves away from logocentrism. Research writing in electronic text, whatever its eventual form, will not be the monumental, unified, and authoritative research paper that represents the last throes of print technology. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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