This information will guide you while you are in the process of writing a paper.
Be sure to utilize all the time given to you for writing a paper. If you wait until the last minute to start your writing process, the paper will not be as well written.
Choose a subject that interests you.
- Skim an encyclopedia.
- Check the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature.
- Browse the Internet for an interesting subject idea.
Do the research.
- Use bibliographies at the end of the reference books for sources.
- Check the library computers for books on your subject.
- Use books that are readily available.
Make a bibliographic card for each magazine, book and journal article used.
Preview the material by skimming to ensure its relevancy. Then read the selected material thoroughly.
- Make note cards as you read.
- File cards under topic headings.
Be sure to cite your sources.
- Your instructor should tell you how he or she wants you to credit to your sources. Other instructors may let you use whichever style you are most familiar with.
- If you have questions on how to cite an odd source, check with a reference librarian or a manual (available in bookstores and the library).
Make an outline by arranging your note cards into a logical order.
- Use your outline to write a rough draft.
- Read your rough draft carefully, then polish your work.
Finish your paper by:
- Adding a title page.
- Completing the bibliography and placing it at the end.
Finally, read your paper one last time to check for minor errors.