Writing and Research

Why Wikipedia shouldn't be your ONLY resource

Articles for Success CARS project

Poverty Articles

Who is Poor?
Re-Examining Stereotypes of Poverty
Economic Poverty, Profit is the key
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance
How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty--------
Poverty: Causes and Solutions

Zombie Articles

Zombies Ahead!
Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse
Zombie Apocalypse Could Actually Happen
Zombie Roundup
Zombie Firms and Economic Stagnation in Japan
The Zombie Within
Zombies in English Schools
Conversations with Zombies
How and Why We Are Not Zombies
A skeptic's menagerie: Conflictors, preemptors, reinstaters, and zombies in nonmonotonic inheritance

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Writing Aids - Getting Started

Brief Overview of the 10 Essay Writing Steps

  1. Decide on a Topic (if necessary, Research it!)
    Begin the essay writing process by researching your topic, making yourself an expert. Utilize the internet, the academic databases, and the library. Take notes and immerse yourself in the words of great thinkers.

  2. **Brainstorming**: Your essay will require insight of your own, genuine essay-writing brilliance. Ask yourself a dozen questions and answer them. Meditate with a pen in your hand. Take walks and think and think until you come up with original insights to write about.

    (topic starters and paragraph breakdowns - Schaffer method)

  3. **Thesis**: Pick your best idea and pin it down in a clear assertion that you can write your entire essay around. Your thesis is your main point, summed up in a concise sentence that lets the reader know where you're going, and why. It's practically impossible to write a good essay without a clear thesis.

    What is a thesis? How do I do it?

  4. **Outline**:Sketch out your essay before straightway writing it out. Use one-line sentences to describe paragraphs, and bullet points to describe what each paragraph will contain. Play with the essay's order. Map out the structure of your argument, and make sure each paragraph is unified.

  5. Write the essay! Now sit down and write the essay. The introduction should grab the reader's attention, set up the issue, and lead in to your thesis. Your intro is merely a buildup of the issue, a stage of bringing your reader into the essay's argument. DON’T FEEL PRESSURE HERE to come up with a “good” intro. You’ll readdress your intro after you’ve written the essay.

  6. **Paragraphs**: Each individual paragraph should be focused on a single idea that supports your thesis. Begin paragraphs with topic sentences, support assertions with evidence, and expound your ideas in the clearest, most sensible way you can. Speak to your reader as if he or she were sitting in front of you. In other words, instead of writing the essay, try talking the essay.
  7. **Conclusion**: Gracefully exit your essay by making a quick wrap-up sentence, and then end on some memorable thought, perhaps a quotation, or an interesting twist of logic, or some call to action. Is there something you want the reader to walk away and do? Let him or her know exactly what.

  8. **Introduction**:The title and first paragraph are probably the most important elements in your essay. This is an essay-writing point that doesn't always sink in within the context of the classroom. In the first paragraph you either hook the reader's interest or lose it. Of course your teacher, who's getting paid to teach you how to write an essay, will read the essay you've written regardless, but in the real world, readers make up their minds about whether or not to read your essay by glancing at the title alone.

  9. **MLA Style**:Format your essay according to the correct guidelines for citation. All borrowed ideas and quotations should be correctly cited in the body of your text, followed up with a Works Cited (references) page listing the details of your sources.
  10. **Language**: Wait over night. Then Revisit your essay. You're not done writing your essay until you've polished your language by correcting the grammar, making sentences flow, incoporating rhythm, emphasis, adjusting the formality, giving it a level-headed tone, and making other intuitive edits. Proofread until it reads just how you want it to sound. Writing an essay can be tedious, but you don't want to bungle the hours of conceptual work you've put into writing your essay by leaving a few slippy misppallings and pourly wordedd phrazies.

Templates for MLA/ APA

Using Sources

Good links to help you cite properly: http://www.easybib.com/