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).
20th February, 2014
Research Services @ the Australian National University, Canberra held four workshops on ‘Using ComWriter for Academic Writing’ . The venue was the unique Menzies Library (pictured). The fully booked workshops, delivered by Dr Linda Glassop and Pam Mulready from Composeright, were well attended and research students overwhelmingly gave ComWriter the thumbs up for being an innovative new writing platform.
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All winners will be celebrated at the 20th Annual AIMIA Awards ceremony in April 2014.
You can now attach multiple PDFs to your resources in ComWriter to keep all your research in the one place.