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Writing a Paper

Selecting a topic, synthesizing information and citing sources can be challenging. If you find yourself with writer's block, visit these resources for step-by-step help:

Getting Started

Start with sites that offer step-by-step instructions. The Internet Public Library's Research and Writing offers detailed instructions on everything from choosing a topic to citing sources. The Basic Guide to Essay Writing also illustrates the essential steps to writing a successful paper.

Research

It's time to dive in! Purdue's Online Writing Lab offers tips on the research stage, from understanding types of resources to taking effective notes. The Paradigm Online Writing Assistant suggests asking the "The Journalist's Questions:" who? what? when? where? how? and why?

It's also important to verify the accuracy of sources. For tips on sorting the good from the bad, read our article on Evaluating Resources.

Writing

Principles of Composition offers tips on outlining, formatting and editing papers. The site also explores structural considerations, from transitions to conclusions.




Before you turn a paper in, read through it carefully. You can also ask a friend or family member to read it. Purdue's Online Writing Lab also provides a helpful editing checklist. The Westmount School offers more tips on revising and editing.

For help with style issues, check out LibrarySpot.com's list of style guides, which includes guidelines from the Modern Language Association and William Strunk.    --- C. Flesher

 
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