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Writing College Papers: Step 1

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

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.

Writing a Multi-Page Paper?

Writing an Essay Exam?

Research Assistance

More ways to get help:

Find the Help You Need

First, check your Assignment.


  • If you need to write an essay exam, tips can be found on the sidebar for this webpage.
  • If you need to write a short answer or paragraph, tips can also be found on the sidebar of this webpage.
  • If you need to write a multi-page paper, tips can be found in Steps 1 through 12.

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