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             WRITING PAPERS

        It is important to have information on writing papers.  Academic writing can be
difficult.  You may need help writing academic papers (e.g., a psychology research
paper).  It is important to have good academic writing skills.  This page has some articles
concerning effective writing and academic writing standards.
       Teaching resources that include information on effective academic writing may be
helpful to many college professors.  The information in this section could be used by
college professors to evaluate papers.

Effective Writing

         Below are some articles that may be helpful for people who are learning how to
write a research paper, college paper, or college essay.  The articles provide some
important academic writing tips.
         I believe that all papers should reflect a number of principles of effective writing.  
These principles are included in the article entitled, "Seven Principles of Effective
Writing."  
        One of the principles of effective academic writing is clarity.  Clarity in writing is
one of the essential characteristics of academic writing, and it is important to gain
knowledge of clear writing.   For example, providing examples may help to provide
greater clarity in writing.
        Organization in writing is also important, and a basic step in improving writing is
learning how to improve organization.  Using headings may be one way to improve the
organization of the paper.   Also, it may be important to learn how to write an outline for
a research paper.   The outline may help to make the paper more organized.
        In the article entitled, "Problems to Avoid in Writing," I describe some problems in
writing that should be avoided.
        A good paper (college term paper, college research paper, or argumentative paper)
should have an effective introductory paragraph and an effective conclusion.  I have
included information on writing the first paragraph of a paper in the article entitled,
"How to Write a Good Introduction Paragraph:  Writing the First Paragraph of a Paper."  
This information may be helpful in learning how to write a good introductory paragraph.  
Moreover, I have included information on writing a paper conclusion in the article
entitled, "How to Write a Conclusion."
         Effective writing should be persuasive.  I have included an article concerning
persuasive writing.  This information may be especially helpful in learning how to write a
persuasive essay or paper.
        An abstract may be required for a paper or thesis.  I have included an article
concerning how to write an abstract.

Seven Principles of Effective Writing
Problems to Avoid in Writing
How to Write a Good Introduction Paragraph:  Writing the First Paragraph of a Paper
How to Write a Conclusion for a Paper
Persuasive Writing:  How to Write a Persuasive Essay or Paper
How to Write an Abstract

Selecting Topics for Papers

         Selecting topics for papers may be difficult.  The article below involves
information on selecting good paper topics (including selecting good research paper
topics).

Selecting Good Paper Topics

Levels of Academic Writing

        There may be different levels of quality for academic papers.   Below is one article
in which I suggest that there are three levels for informational research papers.  This
information may be helpful in writing higher-quality academic papers.

The Informational Research Paper:  A Three-Level Model

Writing a Literature Review

       
It is important to learn how to write a literature review.  Below is an article
concerning how to write a literature review for a research paper, thesis, or dissertation.

How to Write a Literature Review for a Research Paper, Thesis, or Dissertation

Writing Findings

         It is important to have a good understanding of how to write findings.  When
reporting research findings and describing research finding is important to present the
findings in an accurate and detailed manner.  It is important to know the difference
between a
correlational study and an experiment.   It is also important to know the
difference between
correlation and causation.   It is important to know what a correlation
coefficient is.   Moreover, it is important to know the research limitations for different
types of research methods.
        Below is an article that has some guidelines for writing findings.

How to Write Findings.