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6. Don't Plagiarize. Keep track of any quotes
or citations. Do not copy other people's work in any way without
the proper citations. Do not simply take someone else's work and
change a few words around. This is cheating and you might get caught.
We have heard hundreds of stories about people submitting some obscure
paper as their own, only to find out that the professor read that
work years ago and remembers it. Also remember that there is computer
software that can turn-up plagiarism too. So if you use somebody
else's words or ideas you must properly site them as a source.
5. Write a quick draft all the way through.
Dont worry too much about the introduction or conclusion.
Focus on getting your ideas on paper. Double check to be sure that
you get all the material on the page in some form. Write in your
own voice, as you would talk to a friend. Write this knowing that
you will have time to review and rewrite. If you are prone to rambling
or poor grammar, you will need the time to review and rewrite.
4. Write multiple drafts. Think about
whether you need to rearrange the structure. If you are an experienced
writer you may be able to skip a step here. If you reorganize by
cut and paste, be sure to integrate the merged sentences to flow.
And look at the overall flow of ideas and words. After you have
a draft or two, revisit your introduction and conclusion. Does your
introduction set-up the subject and the content? Does your conclusion
clearly summarize what you have presented without brining-up new
ideas? Does your essay make all of the points you set out to make?
Does one idea flow to another? Does the language sound natural?
If you are not sure your ideas are flowing, try reading out loud.
As you write more papers, your writing will begin to flow better.
Continue rewriting and refining your words in as much time as you
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