What if you don't even own it yet?!

This handout provides detailed information about how to write research papers including discussing research papers as a genre, choosing topics, and finding sources.

Butwhat if you've skipped a lot of classes or haven't read yourtextbook?

Works Cited Page: This is the last page of yourpaper where you list, using the format shown below, all the books,articles, web sites, SIRS articles, magazines articles, etc. you haveused. This must be done in the proper format. Proper format will beoutlined in the following pages.

Then you're in trouble, but of course, it's not your fault.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

How much higher skyscrapers of the future will risethan worlds tallest building, the Sears Tower, is unknown. The designof one twice as tall is already on the boards, and an architect,Robert Sobel, thinks we currently have sufficient know-how to build askyscraper with over 500 stories (Bachman 15).

Clear writing should include active verbs and simplesubjects.

This resource describes some steps you can take to better understand the requirements of your writing assignments. This resource works for either in-class, teacher-led discussion or for personal use.

Don't think your argument has to be complicated to be good.

5.) Don't screw up Now that you've gone through all four steps of writing a good last-minute paper, don't let stupid mistakes drop your grade.

Just make sure you credit them.

While most OWL resources recommend a longer writing process (start early, revise often, conduct thorough research, etc.), sometimes you just have to write quickly in test situations. However, these exam essays can be no less important pieces of writing than research papers because they can influence final grades for courses, and/or they can mean the difference between getting into an academic program (GED, SAT, GRE). To that end, this resource will help you prepare and write essays for exams.

Remember, you have your point.

However, the grade you do receive may be worth the time youblew off enjoying the first warm weeks of spring, or the late nightsyou spent in the bar instead of in the library.

Just make sure that you explain howthe quote relates to your point.

No matter what type of writing that you do, whether you are writing an essay in a nursing class or an essay for a literature class, it has a main topic. In college level writing, most professors agree that this topic should be expressed in a thesis sentence. The thesis is a very important part of an essay because it summarizes what you have in mind for this essay and guides the reader in reading your essay accurately.