I'm hoping someone might have a little advice to share about what to use as my writing sample. Most things I read say to use a report or paper that got a good grade as part of an advanced level course and to maybe polish it up a bit. The problem is, my last period of research in an advanced course was 12 years ago when I did my Master's in Library and Information Science and though I'm going for an Info sci PhD, I'm having trouble trying to determine if it would actually be better to turn in a writing sample from a graduate course I did 12 years ago, or should I try to come up with something new. The new thing would'nt be research though and as well written as they are, the strategic planning, governemnt reporting and policy writing I've been doing for the last 12 years doesn't really meet the level of academic writing.
So, should I a) Posh up the 12 year old paper (whose topic was how the book/ebook future looked) or b)come up with something new that won't be as serious an academic treatment as I'd think they'd want.
Thoughts?? Help?? Askance looks wondering how old do I really think is too old to try to start a PhD?