Writing

writing |ˈrīti ng | noun
The activity or skill of marking coherent words on paper and composing text : parents want schools to concentrate on reading, writing, and arithmetic. The activity or occupation of composing text for publication : she made a decent living from writing.

Writing tips to help you succeed

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1. Stay organized.

Staying organized is the biggest key to successful writing and avoiding plagiarism. Keep index cards of your sources, MARKING DOWN PAGE NUMBERS. Nothing is worse than not being able to use the perfect quote because you can't remember what page it is on.

2. Read first, process second, write last.

Gather your information and read it, look it over, mark it down. Sleep on it and try to see the big picture. Every source is like a piece of a puzzle - together they tell a better story than on their own.

3. Outline.

Although it may seem like a waste of time, nothing comes easier than writing a paragraph in which the main ideas have already been outlined. Do the groundwork well and the writing will come naturally because the information is already in your head…AND organized.

4. Be specific.

Just exactly who are "the people"? Who is "he"? or "they"? Pretend I have never met you and know nothing about your topic.

5. Follow the pattern.

Every essay has an introduction, a body and a conclusion. Tell me what you are going to say, say it, then tell me what you just said. It may seem redundant, but it helps you keep yourself in line and not blabbing about random topics - and I don't like to read random babbling.


More information.

Here are links for some additional information on writing and citing sources as well as using internet research:

 
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. — Albert Einstein

More Links

More internet links for internet research, writing, citing sources, etc.

Evaluation Worksheet

Download a worksheet for evaluating primary sources. Helps you figure out what you should be looking for:
Primary Source Worksheet.pdf