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Writing the Academic Paper

Choosing a Topic

Finding Reliable Information

Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources Correctly and Avoiding Plagiarism

Annotated Bibliography

Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Punctuation

Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Sources

Strategies for Creating an Argument

  • Writing an Argument - - This site has excellent examples for structuring your paper. If you are not sure how to start organizing your ideas, this information might be helpful! It also provides a short example argument that explains the different areas of the paper.

Creating a Thesis Statement

Full-Sentence Outline

Using Visuals in the Research Paper

Help Creating Visuals for Your Paper

Creating an Introduction and Conclusion for Your Paper

Creating Body Paragraphs

Transitions Between Paragraphs

  • The OWL at Purdue: Writing Transitions - - This handout is nice because it gives some before and after examples of how to revise your transitions.
  • The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin: Transitional Words and Phrases - - This is a nice list of different transitional words that you can use. If one of your worries is everything sounding the same, this list can help you come up with new ways to word your transitions.

Sentence Variety and Clarity, and Parallel Structure

Writer's Block

Peer Review

Help With APA and Style

Proofreading (or Editing)

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