These sources will not write your papers for you or proofread your work, but they do offer invaluable assistance.
Know your audience.
Avoid SLANG, CONTRACTIONS and PERSONAL PRONOUNS.
Don't hide the results.
Write an abstract.
Always check with your professor to be sure your lab report will meet his or her expectations.
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Refer to the boxes on the left side of each page for tips specific to writing paragraphs, essays, multi-page papers or lab reports.
Be aware that students enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College can use the college’s Writing Center and Smarthinking.com.
Read or reread the assignment to make sure that you are doing what is required.
Include time to do the reading or research required; include time to draft, to rethink and add material, to properly document sources, and to proofread your work.
Reread the assignment to make sure you are getting the facts from the sources required for the assignment. Are you to use your textbook, handouts, class notes or the Library? Budget time to do the reading or research.
Know your paper’s main point. Know each support paragraph’s main point.
Add facts to support each of your support paragraphs.
Add these elements once the main point of your paper and the body of your paper are drafted.
Make sure the paragraphs all support your paper’s main point.
Reread your paper’s main point and support paragraphs to see if any additional facts are needed to help your paper.
Reread your paragraphs to make sure facts used from sources support each paragraph’s main point and that there are enough facts.
Remember to use the documentation system required by your class: APA, MLA, ASA, other. Remember to document summaries and quotations in the body of the paragraphs and at the end of the paper on the works cited page.
Step #12: Double-check Your Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation.
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