Writing guide


So you were just given an assignment: the dreaded paper. But writing an academic paper doesn’t have to be a drag. In fact, it can be a thought provoking experience. It can challenge you to develop yourself as a writer and to think about your topic in greater detail.

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Keep in mind that there is no one “correct” way to write a paper. Everyone has a slightly different style. Feel free to go back and forth between the steps of this writing guide. Writing is hardly ever a linear process and always involves revision and correction.

Furthermore, different teachers have different preferences for papers. Some of these are formatting-related–how a header looks, for example. Others are related to specific words, phrases, or types of content. Check with your teacher or professor to learn about his/her preferences for writing. If possible, ask if you can see a sample essay to get an idea of what they are looking for.

Note: This is a general writing guide. Information from this guide can be applied to different types of essays (expository, descriptive, etc.) and different types of subjects (English, history, political science, etc.). Any information directed towards a particular subject is denoted as such.

Here are the main sections you’ll find within:

I. Brainstorm

II. Research

III. Outline

IV. Write

V. Proofread & Revise

Need help with grammar, word usage, capitalization and the like? Check out our Grammar Quick Guide

Note: Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

  • Plagiarism is using someone else’s ideas or words without crediting their work.
  • Always be sure to cite the sources that you use to complete your paper. The possible consequences for plagiarism range from a failing grade to expulsion.



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