Starting a research paper, like any art form, begins with simple strokes. And much like painting or sculpting, the first steps are often the hardest. The trick to getting past this proverbial road block is to just get your ideas down on paper, even if they are not fully formed. Perfecting and refining your ideas can come later. It is much more difficult to work on ideas if they remained bottled in your head. Here are some helpful hints for getting started on your research papers this semester. Read more
When my professor proposed a research project, I panicked. One student actually dropped the course, so great was her fear. We were told to utilize Chicago Manual. What was that! It is often used by historians and built into MSWord. (Make sure you have a version of MSWord the professor can read. Anything less than 2000 may need to be upgraded). I remember trying to precisely place footnotes with a manual typewriter. One tiny error and your whole paper was ruined. Now MSWord lets you create footnotes, and bibliographies using any style. Another feature I like is being able to cross-reference with a single keystroke. Read more
Reinventing Research student blogging contest winner
Oh, I don’t know what to write about? How shall I start? What do I do when I get stuck? Where shall I stand from my topic? How shall I convince my audience?
These are some of the questions that could conquer the writer’s mind and prevent her from writing at ease. You may at times try to write and find that you have nothing to say. In fact, good writing is focused, organized, and concrete. Effective essays are written in style and tone that are suited to both the audience and the writer’s purpose. These are sound principles, all well known to you. But how, exactly, do you achieve them when writing an argument? If you accept the notion that you learn about your ideas as you write, then you will accept the notion of writing as a process. Read more