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The Purdue OWL: Academic Writing
You've downloaded all the necessary documents: the recommendation forms, the application, the sheet on which you are to chart every relationship you've ever had with anyone in the entire world who has gone to a college or university or other institute of higher education that has any loose affiliation whatsoever with the one to which you are applying—that sort of thing. And you've written your personal statement (likely title: "Why I Am The Perfect Candidate For Admission To Your Graduate Program In Nuclear Physics: A Brief Primer On The Particle Accelerator I Built In My Parents' Basement For The Fifth Grade Science Fair"). But now comes the hard part: the scholarly essay.
A Step-by-Step Guide on Writing a Scholarly Paper
Even if you have not engaged in any original research yourself - one of the reasons, after all, that you are ostensibly applying to a Ph.D. program is to learn how to do that kind of investigative work in the first place—you may nonetheless have an original take on the issue based on your extensive reading on the subject. If that is the case, then write about it. But if your essay will likely consist of little more than rehashings of previously-developed ideas, then it is probably not the right topic for you. Remember, the reputation of the university is on the line here, and the expectation is that, once you have matriculated, you will begin a long and fruitful career defined by original scholarship and paradigm-shifting writings. Your scholarly essay (Princeton, for the sake of accuracy, refers to it as a "writing sample") should demonstrate that potential.