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Writing College Papers: Step 3

This guide helps students write effective college papers, essay exams, and paragraphs. It was produced in fulfillment of a Designs for Learning grant at Anne Arundel Community College by Professor Paul Gabriel-Tucci and Professor Janice Lathrop.

Help Is Available

Anne Arundel Community College offers free writing help to students who are enrolled in classes, through The Writing Center and through Smarthinking.com.

Need help citing your sources correctly?  Check the site at the Owl at Purdue or the AACC Citation Guide for help.

These sources will not write your papers for you or proofread your work, but they do offer invaluable assistance.

Research Assistance

More ways to get help:

Plan Your Steps; Budget Your Time

Recognize that writing is a multi-step process.  

Usually, a college paper goes through a number of steps before being submitted in final form to the professor for a grade.

Budget your time to include:

  • understanding the assignment,
  • taking notes from any required research and reading,
  • making an outline,
  • writing the first draft of the paper,
  • checking over the draft’s organization,
  • adding information, if need be,
  • editing and proofreading,
  • double-checking the documentation.

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