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
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
- 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
- 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
Athabasca University Counselling Services.
On: Learn to Love your Term Paper
Jacobson, Carolyn. Non-Sexist
The Elements of Style
University of Toronto.
Advice on Academic