-Staying organized is the biggest key to successful
writing and avoiding plagiarism. keep index cards of your sources, MARKING
DOWN PAGE NUMBERS!! Nothing is worse than not being able to use the
perfect quote because you can't remember what page it is on!!
Read first, process second, write last
-Gather your information and read it, look it over,
mark it down. Sleep on it and try to see the big picture. Every
source is like a piece of a puzzle - together they tell a better story than on
-Although it may seem like a waste of time, nothing comes
easier than writing a paragraph in which the main ideas have already been
outlined. Do the groundwork well and the writing will come naturally
because the information is already in your head........AND organized!
-Just exactly who are "the people"? Who is "he"?
or "they"? Pretend I have never met you and know nothing about your topic.
Follow the pattern
-Every essay has an introduction, a body and a conclusion.
Tell me what you are going to say, say it, then tell me what you just said.
It may seem redundant, but but it helps you keep yourself in line and not
blabbing about random topics - and I don't like to read random babbling!!
for evaluating primary sources
Helps you figure out what you should
be looking for
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