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Another important aspect of managing information is writing the paper. You may wish to consult the list of recommend guides for researching and writing papers presented earlier as many of these provide helpful tips.

Here are some quick tips:

  • If you write an outline of the main points you intend to cover in your paper this will help keep you focused.
  • Don't worry too much about spelling, punctuation, structure, etc., in your first draft--let your words and ideas flow.
  • Be aware that you may need to revise the paper a number of times. You will need to rearrange and restructure entire parts and add or drop paragraphs as you revise.
  • Your first and final paragraphs are the most important sections of your paper. Your introduction informs the reader of your purpose or thesis and your conclusion reminds your reader of your purpose, your main supporting arguments and how they fit together.
  • Be clear and concise in your writing so that you convey information to your reader effectively.
  • Use a citation style to give credit to other writers for what you borrow from them.
  • For your final draft you will need to edit carefully. The spell checker and grammar checker in your Word processing software cannot determine context so make sure you manually check your work. It helps to have someone else proofread your work as well.

The following additional resources are available on the Web:

Athabasca University. Developing Study Skills

Athabasca University Counselling Services. Write On: Learn to Love your Term Paper

Jacobson, Carolyn. Non-Sexist Language

Strunk, William. The Elements of Style

University of Toronto. Advice on Academic Writing

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