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Welcome to the writer's improvement list by Dr. Paul Greenberg. Find the resources to help you transform your writing.
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Paul's WebsiteThe CHALLENGE: Devote at least 1 hour per paper to seek out, understand, and then improve one of the following elements of writing until you ave analyzed and applied all items on this list.Click the links in each cell to view that writing resource.
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1General TipsWhat is academic writing & how do we do it? Find a message worth communicating and tell a clear, well supported story.
https://writing-speech.dartmouth.edu/learning/materials/materials-first-year-writers/what-academic-paper
http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/marcuse/classes/204writingworkshop/pdfs/MariusPage2009StyleOCR.pdf
https://www.essex.ac.uk/myskills/How_to_improve_your_academic_writing.pdf
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/50-free-resources-that-will-improve-your-writing-skills/
http://prowritingaid.com/art/111/10-websites-to-help-improve-your-grammar.aspx
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2SpellingPeople won't take us seriously if we misspell words or use words incorrectly. Upgrade your vocabulary and spelling now.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/spelling/common-misspellings
http://www.scuc.txed.net/webpages/lwrenn/index.cfm?subpage=22140
http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/spelling-and-word-lists/misspelled.html
http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/misspelled_words.html
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/misspelled_words.htm
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3Titles 1) Attract attention. 2) Identify the topic. 3) Keep it short
http://writing.umn.edu/sws/assets/pdf/quicktips/titles.pdf
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4Abstracts- Look up how to write an abstract. They are your whole story in less than 250 words.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/706/1/
http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/abstracts.shtml
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/656/01/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/726/07/
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/752/04/
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5OrganizationGeneral organization tipshttps://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/648/04/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/724/
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6IntroductionsHook, transition, thesis - what is the paper about? Set expectations.
https://www.gallaudet.edu/tip/english-center/writing/guide-to-writing-introductions-and-conclusions.html
http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/resources/collegewriting/revising_the_introduction.htm
http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/resources/collegewriting/preparing_to_write_and_drafting.htm#_Toc431538580
http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/introductions/
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Arguments & Logic
Arguments - Each paper will need to have a purpose, a viewpoint, and a logical structure. Look up the variety of argument types and paper assignment types on the Purdue OWL. Choose the appropriate type and use the organization suggested for those. Also keep the grading rubric for each week's paper open and use that as your outline for the paper. It may not be pretty, but it will help you be complete.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/690/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/724/01/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/688/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/625/01/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/04/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/659/02/
http://virtualschool.edu/mon/SocialConstruction/Logic.html
http://www.philosophypages.com/lg/e01.htm
http://philosophy.lander.edu/logic/structure.html
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/building-logical-arguments.html
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8RhetoricBe persuasive and effective
http://rhetoric.byu.edu/encompassing%20terms/rhetoric.htm
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/
https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/resource_rhet.html
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9OutliningHow and Why
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/544/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/673/1/
http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
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Thesis Sentence
Make sure your paper has one.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/545/01/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/02/
www.mindmeister.com (use their free version)
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11Problem StatementWhat problem are you solving or discussing?
http://www.ceptara.com/blog/how-to-write-problem-statement
http://www.professorbwisa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=111:how-to-write-a-statement-of-the-problem-in-four-steps
http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/c/v/cvm115/proposal/formulating_problem_statements.htm
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/media/ppt/20120629105941_957.ppt
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/957/01/
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12Introduce main topics and sub-topics
Make sure you let the reader know what to expect from your paper. List the topics and/or list the arguments the reader will encounter...before discussing/arguing them.
https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/Thesis_or_Purpose.html
http://hackerspace.kinja.com/a-checklist-for-writing-a-paper-worth-more-than-an-f-1645728112
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13Paper ContentAlways refer to the rubric and assignment instructions while writing.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/724/01/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/688/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/625/01/
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14Conclusions and concluding sentencesMake sure to include one or more statements that show the reader your bottom line. These can be provided at the end of main points or sections and also as the formal conclusion to any paper.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/724/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/2/2/60/
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Paragraphs
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15Use sub-heaings in APA format to indicate sections of the paper
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16Paragraph structure (look this up on the Purdue Online Writing Laboratory)
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/606/01/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/606/02/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/635/1/
http://flafendi.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/tips-to-write-an-argumentative-paragraph-using-triqap-formula/
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17Use transitional phrases and transition sentences.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/574/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/600/01/
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18Topic sentences
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/index.php?category_id=2&sub_category_id=1&article_id=29
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19Support sentences
http://flafendi.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/tips-to-write-an-argumentative-paragraph-using-triqap-formula/
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20Conclusion sentences can appear in paragraphs as well. These summarize your opinion on the sub-points in a paragraph or about a specific point.
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21Sentences Be as simple and direct as possible.
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22Sentence clarity & structure
https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/Clear,_Concise,_and_Direct_Sentences.pdf
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/600/01/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/711/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/597/1/
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23Incomplete sentences
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/620/1/
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24Run-on sentences
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/598/02/
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25Conciseness
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/572/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/572/02/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/635/1/
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26Comma usage
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/607/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/598/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/692/1/
http://www.fsgworkinprogress.com/2012/04/jonathan-franzen-comma-then/
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27Prepositional phrases
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/607/03/
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28Punctuation
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/604/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/566/1/
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29Correct capitalization, no unnecessary capitalization
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/2/1/42/
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30Active Voice
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/539/1/
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31DO NOT WRITE LIKE YOU TALK
http://menwithpens.ca/dont-write-like-you-talk/
http://www.rswarren.com/library/writing_in_conversational_tone/
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WordsFocus on the precise meaning of the words you use.
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32Spelling
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/660/1/
http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/spelling-and-word-lists/misspelled.html
http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/misspelled_words.html
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/misspelled_words.htm
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33Subject/Verb agreement
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/599/01/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/623/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/595/1/
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34Apostrophes / Possessives
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/621/01/
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35Increase vocabulary
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/vocabulary.htm
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36Look up the meaning and spelling of more words
http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/misspelled_words.html
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37Learn when to use Quotations or Italics
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/577/1/
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38Prepositions
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/594/1/
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39Pronouns
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/595/1/
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Fix-it methods
Rewriting is the essence of writing well—where the game is won or lost. —William Zinsser
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40A++) Write at least 1 draft, sleep, then revise
https://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/revising-drafts/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/561/05/
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411) Read your whole paper out loud - rewrite anything that is hard to say. Have someone else read it and give you comments. Read it backwards to find word-level mistakes.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/561/1/
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422) Write an outline of the paper, listing each paragraph's main topic. See if your outline matches your idea for the argument of the paper.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/544/1/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/606/2/
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433) Make sure your paper has an argument and that each sub-section and paragraph is in the right location
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/690/1/
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444) Make sure that the sentences within each paragraph relate to the topic of the paragraph and not anything else.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/606/01/
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/606/2/
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455) Keep the assignment instructions and grading rubric open and visible the whole time you are writing
Attention to detail
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466) Feel free to structure your paper to fit the content listed in the grading rubric. That is the simplest organization.
Attention to detail
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477) Open the Purdue Online Writing Laboratory and view the sections corresponding to the comments in your papers
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/
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488) Open a list of the most commonly misspelled English words and make sure you are using words correctly.
http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/spelling-and-word-lists/misspelled.html
http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/misspelled_words.html
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/misspelled_words.htm
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499) Pay much closer attention to words than you normally do. Use a dictionary and thesaurus much more often.
http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/misspelled_words.html
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5010) Look for contemporary research and use specific facts and figures to support claims.
www.pubmed.com
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5111) Review the steps in critiquing a scientific study and decide which information is necessary in order to describe the study purpose, hypothesis, methods, results, and interpretation.
http://prcen.upr.edu/uploads/doc/critiquing%20research%20papers.pdf
http://bio.classes.ucsc.edu/bio250a/Notes/250A%20Checklist%20for%20critiquing%20a%20research%20article.doc
http://www.bshifflett.com/kin250/docs/ArticleCritique.pdf
http://treeves.coe.uga.edu/edit6900/checklist.pdf
http://phdmonkey.com/2011/07/09/quantitative-report-critique-checklist-vogt-2007/
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5212) Commonly misspelled words
http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/spelling-and-word-lists/misspelled.html
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/misspelled_words.htm
http://businesswriting.com/tests/commonmisspelled.html
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Reading, Analysis, Summary - Knowing what to write
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531) How to read scientific articles
http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~cainproj/courses/HowToReadSciArticle.pdf
http://www.psych.uw.edu/writingcenter/writingguides/pdf/summarizing.pdf
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542) How to summarize scientific articles
http://web2.uconn.edu/ahking/How_to_Summarize_a_Research_Article.pdf
http://twp.duke.edu/uploads/media_items/scientificarticlereview.original.pdf
https://depts.washington.edu/psych/files/writing_center/summarizing.pdf
https://arthropodecology.com/2013/08/01/a-guide-for-writing-plain-language-summaries-of-research-papers/
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553) How to write literature reviews
https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/ReviewofLiterature.html
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