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Learn how to write better school papers with the tips in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Internet access
Pick a topic
Pick a topic that you’re passionate about. This will make the research and writing you do fun and interesting.
Write a thesis statement
Write a one-sentence thesis that describes your position on the topic at the outset of your research. Be prepared to modify it as you uncover information through your research.
Research evidence that supports your thesis, and also evidence that opposes your thesis. Use the internet for general information or to find online almanacs and encyclopedias.
Create an outline to give your research a logical structure. Include an introduction, body, and a conclusion, and list your research findings that support those areas.
Write a draft
Organize your research according to your outline and write a first draft of the paper. Don't worry about grammar yet. Get your thoughts on paper first.
Revise and edit your first draft as necessary. Check for grammar, spelling, and word usage.
Before you print your paper and hand it in, make sure you have followed all of your instructor's formatting directions for number of pages, footnotes or endnotes, and font size.