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Writing Assignments

Writing Assignments are an important element to all my classes. Please read through the template and mimic the template in the set-up of your documents. 

32 Steps to writing a Paper to Perfection:

 

To write a paper is a skill just as much as learning how to drive a car or boil and egg. No matter what your area of study you are focusing on, good writing is essential to your success. The ability to articulate your thoughts clearly, outline information, and provide evidence for claims, while also ensuring to give credit where credit is due through citations is imperative to academic success.

  1. First, Define your subject/book/assignment. 
  2. Read a book or articles related to the subject matter. Take notes as you read, in margins, or on sticky-notes.
  3. Read more than one source on the subject, find journal articles, other book chapters/sections that correlate with your assignment. Continuing taking notes as you acquire information.
  4. Confused? Ask Professor White (or your instructor) to clarify or check to see if you are on the right track. 
  5. Read as much as you can about the subject. 
  6. Gather other sources:
  7. Go to the Library and pull books off the stacks, check the index for your topic. Write down page numbers and explore those pages.  When in doubt, as the Librarian.
  8. If something is noteworthy, write it down, try to paraphrase when possible; otherwise, write quotes down word for word and always notate page numbers. 
  9. Keep track of time; do not wait till the last minute. Look through databases HERE!
  10. Suggested Databases:
  11. EBSCO
  12. JSTOR
  13. Search CSU Library, enter your topic in the search bar HERE, and click Enter.
  14. Always Notate Author, Title, Publisher, URL, Date Published, Date accessed, ISBN [if it's a book], Edition, Location of Publisher, and the page number. 
  15. Type up all notes, clearly define source material, where the information came from, creating a paper trail back to the source.
  16. Create an outline, a chronological order of your paper. Where did it begin, what happened, how did it end, what were the effects?
  17. Begin writing paper.
  18. Within your source/book notes, identify where each point would be best used in your paper. Mark it as such. 
  19. Write!!!
  20. Go through your outline and begin with point 1, go through all the 1's in your notes utilizing them in your paragraphs. 
  21. Once done with point 1, go to point 2 and highlight each of those source notes, etc.
  22. Write clearly, with purpose, and thoughtfully.
  23. Review
  24. Edit
  25. Edit
  26. Please read it with fresh eyes.
  27. Ask a friend to read it for content and clarity. Ask them to look at grammar, spelling, but also, if a part of the paper sounds odd or is confusing, ask them to note it so you can go back and address those issues.
  28. Edit again.
  29. Read as if you are reading it for the first time, clearly look at each word.
  30. Check citations, format, and essential add-ons like Cover Page, header, page numbers, footnotes/citations, and bibliography.
  31. Review print view.
  32. Print and turn in.

How to Write An Academic Paper or Essay

This is the lecture slides from my Writing a Research Paper as well as a sample essay that outlines how you break down the various steps mentioned in the lecture and put them into practice. This should be used as a road map, as each writer as their own methodology of writing a proper paper. This method was demonstrated by one of the greatest Professors I ever had the great fortune to study under, Dr. Jacob H. Dorn, Ph. D. at Wright State University.

Outside Resources for Writers

Hand Hobbies: A Resource Guide to Writing Basics

Hand Hobbies: A Resource Guide to Writing Basics

Hand Hobbies: A Resource Guide to Writing Basics

Recently, I had a group reach out to me, thanking me for the content on my page. An aspiring author in their program, Ivy, wanted to share with me another resource she had found helpful in her writing development. This article and guide is an exceptional resource, tons of ideas, and support that will undoubtedly guide any writer to better content. Thanks, Ivy!

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Hand Hobbies: A Resource Guide to Writing Basics

Hand Hobbies: A Resource Guide to Writing Basics

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Grammarly

Hand Hobbies: A Resource Guide to Writing Basics

Grammarly

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