How do I create effective introductions?
An introduction should capture your reader's attention with the impact of a good first impression then move your reader gradually from your general opening statements to a specific controlling idea as you present your thesis statement. Hopefully your intro will influence the reader to decide that you are well-informed and have something interesting to say. Check out these resources on the Web for more information:
How do I write great conclusions?
A conclusion makes your reader realize that your paper was worth reading. Your conclusion might begin by reminding your reader of your thesis and then highlighting main points from your argument, but you want to do more than simply restate your thesis. In the conclusion you want to strengthen your essay by providing additional insight to your argument – by giving a sense of the lingering possibilities of the topic, its larger meaning, its implications. To consider how to write your conclusion, think about how you would answer the question "So what?" It sounds ridiculous, but it works because it shows you the perspective your reader will take toward your writing and allows you to explain the significance of your paper. Check out these Web sites for more information:
How do I come up with a thesis statement?
The thesis statement, or statement of purpose, is the central idea that controls and unifies your paper. It is the point you want to make; and the idea, attitude, claim, or opinion that you hope your readers will accept as true and carry away with them after they finish reading. Read on for more information:
How do I know when to use a comma?
The correct use of commas can be confusing, but there are a few general rules that can clarify this pesky punctuation. Check out the following sites:
What is plagiarism, and how do I avoid it?
Stealing and passing off the ideas or words of another as your own is known as plagiarism. Generally-known facts (like George Washington was the first president of the United States, or Lincoln died on April 15, 1865, from an assassin's bullet) do not normally need acknowledgment because they are available from innumerable sources, are not disputed, and have simply become common knowledge. But summarizing or paraphrasing the ideas or arguments of another person without acknowledging the source of the ideas or arguments constitutes plagiarism. You avoid plagiarism by crediting your sources. Read more at these Web sites:
Where can I go for help with formatting APA citations?
APA's Publication Manual provides complete style guidelines, and should be consulted first in all matters concerning APA style. Here are two Web resources to give you online access to APA style guidelines:
Where can I go for help with formatting MLA citations?
All guidelines for MLA style are in the MLA Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (2nd edition). If you are asked to use MLA format for a research paper, the book to consult is MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th edition). Here are two Web resources:
How do I analyze sources?
When doing your research, you need to critically evaluate the data that you find for its usefulness and validity. Here are Web resources to help you out.
What are the differences among writing genres like book reviews, business letters, memos, journals, essays, research papers?
For each assignment it is important that you know what writing genre you need to follow. For all writing formats it is essential that you know your audience, how the writing will be read or used, the purpose, the layout, the level of complexity of the content, whether the sources of information need to be primary or secondary, the structure, and the style.