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Research Paper Help: Writing / Typing

Online Writing Help

Notetaking

Outlines

Free Proofreading

You are ultimately responsible for the content of your research paper and whether it's acceptable to your instructor. Below is one tool that will help you evaluate your own paper.

Overview

Most composition courses require a writing manual to guide you as you take notes, outline, write the draft and complete your paper. Several colleges and universities provide online writing information for research papers through their "online writing labs."

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab has excellent resources on beginning a research paper. Among these is Prewriting (Invention), which leads students briefly through the process of beginning a paper.

Begin by taking notes, always keeping in mind that you will have to cite each source you use in your paper. Be sure to note exactly what information you will need in order to cite each source correctly, and in the style the instructor requires (see Citing Sources).

You will be guilty of plagiarism if you do not responsibly cite information from your sources.

Next, assemble your notes and prepare an outline in preparation for writing the first draft of your paper.

Be sure you know which manuscript format or "style" your instructor requires you to use:

As you proofread and revise your paper, correct any grammar or usage errors you spot.

Writing Resources

The Reading/Writing Labs are located at the Pensacola, Milton, and Warrington campuses and offer free tutoring to all Pensacola State College students. No appointment is necessary.

Services include:

  • Assistance with writing assignments for any Pensacola State College course
  • Grammar review.
  • Instructional support for prep reading courses
  • Vocabulary development.
  • Computers for word processing

Reading/Writing Lab Locations 

Pensacola Campus Bldg. 1, Rm. 106 850.484.1451
Milton Campus Bldg. 4200, Rm. 4246 850.484.4403
Warrington Campus Bldg. 3100, Rm. 3142 850.484.2351
South Santa Rosa Center Room 5130A 850.475.4851

Manuscript Format

Typing the Paper

Grammar