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Friday, May 13, 2011

Term Paper Help Now! The Writing Survival Guide Enters the Blogosphere

Reposted, due to demand -- Numerous flowcharts, survival guides, and indispensable help for all your academic writing, including term papers, first-year composition, advanced composition, research papers, theses, and dissertations. Now includes 32 guides developed by Susan Nash -- constantly expanded and updated! More than 150,000 happy users!!

Research - Term Papers --

Reporting on Research Guide
New! Have you ever had difficulty describing, synthesizing, and reporting on the research you've done on a topic? Let this handy little flowchart help take away your pain...

Thesis or Dissertation Survival Guide New!!

Here is a step-by-step guide, and an approach to developing a thesis or a dissertation. Please refer to the "Research Paper Guide" for an in-depth analysis of the thought process that goes into organizing your thoughts when mapping out your thesis. Sample Topic: Post-Colonial Over-Compensation in V. S. Naipaul's In a Free State, The Enigma of Arrival, and A Way In the World.

Research Paper Overview
This provides a detailed overview and description of the structure of an excellent research paper. It guides you through a set of questions, ideas, and ways of thinking so that your research paper provides a balanced, well-researched, and well-reasoned argument.

Research Paper Guide and Flowchart
An easy-to-use outline that helps you research your topic, helps you position your thoughts and findings, and gives you a place to detail the history of the ideas, background, and previous work.

Research Tips
Avoid the random muddle of research! This chart will help you organize your research process.

Expository Essays

Extended Definition Essay
Example: The RedSpot Fish. Respond to this series of questions to develop an outline and then a working draft of your extended definition paper.

Taking a Position Essay
Save the Puffer-Fish! (or don't) Let this outline, plus series of provocative questions help you build an interesting, well-argued essay.

Compare and Contrast Essay
Redfish vs. Greenfish: They're the same but different. Let this flowchart help you develop an excellent, depthful essay.

Synthesis and Critical Thinking Guide New!

Here is a flow chart you can use as a guide or a point of departure for writing a journal or essay. It can help you organize your thoughts, and remind you when and where research and outside sources can help your argument.

Close Readings
This flow chart helps you develop a strategy for analyzing texts, and developing an approach to doing what is known as a "close reading," which also involves a step-by-step guide to analyzing and making meaning from what you have read.

Science and Current Events Writing and Thinking
Use this guide to help you respond to a current event that reflects scientific issues. This will help you identify the major topics, conduct relevant research, analyze your findings, and discuss them fully.

Revision Process
Follow this checklist either individually or in a group for peer-revision process.

Interdisciplinary Essays and Research Papers

Interdisciplinary Essay Flowchart
Identifying a topic that interests you and developing an approach for doing research in an interdisciplinary manner, then synthesizing the results of your research.
Sample Topic: Bereavement and Pets

Interdisciplinary Essay: Another Approach
A step-by-step approach for writing an extensive interdisciplinary essay, based on research and analysis. A procedure for interdisciplinary thinking, research, and analysis.
Sample Topic: Who Gets Custody of Mutzie?

Building-Block Approach to Interdisciplinary Research Papers
Expanding upon a topic, creating a structure for the findings of your research, organizing and placing data within hierarchies based on relevancy and freshness of insights.
Example: Post-traumatic stress disorder in the families of active-duty military who have been in dangerous combat for more than 6 months, or who have been wounded.

Essay-Writing Made Painless: From Pythagoras to PETA
Explore the Cult of the Bean-Eaters, and find how to protect pigeons from exploitation! It's all here, and more, in an exciting exercise designed to help hone organization skills and build confidence, all while avoiding the traps of unintentional plagiarism.

Before and After You Write

Audience Analysis
Before you write, during the writing and revision process, the key to an effective presentation is understanding your audience.

Understanding Arguments: Probing Underlying Assumptions
Part of the analytical process involved in writing a paper involves understanding the underlying assumptions and beliefs that form the basis of arguments for and against an issue. The objective is to get at the underlying assumptions, to determine not just what was said, but who said it, for what purpose, for whose benefit.

Debate: Persuasive Discourse (Argumentation) In Action
An in-class activity that helps teams stage arguments. It breaks down the components of persuasion along classical Greek lines, and provides both a strategy and a mechanism for putting it in action. How and why do people believe? When can you cause them to change their position? What role does self-interest play? These issues are examined here.

Avoiding Plagiarism
Many people do not understand that there are, in fact, many different varieties of plagiarism.. Sometimes individuals unwittingly plagiarize, sometimes they do it deliberately, thinking that they will not get caught. What are the underlying issues? Why would an individual feel the need to plagiarize? This site helps clarify the issues and get at eliminating anxieties that result in plagiarism.

Plagiarism Intervention New!

Flying off in the wrong direction, borne by winds of copied & pasted, unattributed sources? Help is here!! Here are two strategies to try to help wean oneself away from unintentional plagiarism.

Citing Scientific Sources from the Internet
Trying to determine how to cite sources from the Internet can be quite challenging for writers of scientific article. Style guide vary, and there does not seem to be a single standard. What is listed on this site is a generic form that can be used in many types of scientific applications.

APA Style Guidelines
Examples and guidelines -- very helpful!

Creative Writing Survival Guides

Reality Construction Chamber
Stuck? Looking for a formula for innovative writing? Wondering how you can mangle & twist one reality into another one? Discover new realities and indulge yourself with respect to your favorite philosophers or luminary thinkers...

Strange But True Narrative Construction Chamber
Here is a flowchart that will help you construct intriguing narratives that use as their starting point an approach to characterization and description. This flowchart allows the writer to mesh philosophical insight with quirky human traits. A winner!

Narrative Construction Machine
This flowchart will help you develop a narrative that foregrounds consubstantiality -- which is to say that it helps you establish an immediate emotional connection with your reader. Enjoy!!

Problem-Solving and Leadership Topics Writing Survival Guides

People Under Stress
Here is a flowchart that helps you analyze the impact of post-traumatic stress or war stress on a situation.

Resolving Culture Clashes at Work or at War New!
This flowchart gives you a systematic approach to analyzing culture clashes in the workplace, wartime situations, home, or recreation. The focus is on developing an analytical approach.

Team-Building Under Duress
This flowchart explores how to build effective teams in difficult times typified by a shortage of resources, funding, personnel, and/or time.

Reporting on Articles that You Have Read: Business and Technical Writing

Analyzing and Making Connections New!!

This exercise is designed to help you analyze your reading for key ideas and then to make connections with other articles and issues in the world. It will help you extract key elements from an article, and will encourage you to think of your own experience and education.

Executive Summary New!!

This exercise is designed to help you produce executive summaries of an article or research findings. It will help you extract key elements from a long article for use in a presentation or report.

Recommendation to Management New!!
Invest in Turkmenistan? Carpets, pipelines, or gas processing? Your company is considering an investment in Turkmenistan, either in pipeline construction, gas processing, or in exploration and production licenses. You have been asked to prepare a report.

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