Writing an academic paper doesn’t have to be a drama. Just follow these five steps and you are on your way. Even more exciting is that these five steps can be undertaken within the one software application: ComWriter has been built to help you write-and-cite your college paper.
1. Make sure you know what academic style you need to use (e.g., Harvard, APA, MLA, or others). Your teacher should inform you about this. [in ComWriter it’s a single click to add the one you want into My Styles]
2. Conduct some research on your topic to find approx. 5 resources (e.g., books, articles, websites). [with ComWriter you can search their public library and store what you found in My Library]
3. Start writing your project: [ComWriter has a template called ‘My First Project’ that looks a bit like this]
- Cover page (title, your name, date, etc)
- Introduction (what are you writing about, what did you find and in what order are you going to present your findings)
- Key point #1 (the first main thing you found)
- Key point #2 (the second main thing you found)
- Key point #3 (the third main thing you found)
- Key point #4 (the fourth main thing you found)
- Conclusion (what you set out to do, what you found, any recommendations, any limitations or concerns)
- Bibliography (list of resources)
4. Cite your resources in your paragraphs as you write (citing resources means you can verify what you are saying; i.e., back up your findings) [ComWriter makes citing a resource as simple as adding a link]
5. Take a look at what you have produced to make sure it is in the right format (the tradition is: double line spaced, 12 point font, times new roman) [ComWriter does this all automatically; just click Export]
If you need some help with grammar, you can also use Grammarly in ComWriter (for free).