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Using the Online Computer for Academic Papers



A Web site offering good advice for writing an academic paper - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/general/gl_computer.html


Libraries are wonderful places -

but much researching can be done using the Web.



Some writers like to freewrite to generate ideas for their paper.

Many people start by mindmapping


Many find creating a thesis statement helps them direct their researching -

Some go directly to outlining, and word processors make that easy

And many just start writing their first draft.


All these approaches work sometimes for some people. When you start writing, depending on what you are writing and how often you've written in the same genre, or format, or for the same audience and/or purpose, you may have to make several attempts before you find which approach works for you this time.


Find the "thread" that works for you and start weaving your words together, creating your first draft.



  • your first draft is not your last! Keep revising.


Revising Your Drafts

coming soon ...


Citing Your Sources

About citing (and avoiding plagiarism) - http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/

About online content - http://www.yorku.ca/webclass/module2b.html

A site for formatting bibliographic and in-text citations - Citation Machine - http://citationmachine.net/

A free and easy site for automatically creating bibliographies - Easybib.com - http://www.easybib.com/



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