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How to Paraphrase a Difficult Text

Paraphrasing is essential when using sources in writing, but it’s challenging when a source uses difficult language. You can still use the source. However, you need to break down the steps for writing an effective paraphrase. The four steps are to look up difficult words, rewrite the passage ...

Understanding and Avoiding Logical Fallacies in Writing

You don’t have to be as obsessed with logic as Mr. Spock is, but you should know enough about flawed logic to be able to avoid it in writing. Writers make points in various ways, some of which are better than others. Here’s an explanation of the following fallacies to avoid: strawman, f ...

Understanding and Writing Analysis Papers

A common but often perplexing assignment is an analysis paper. In general, an analysis breaks something into parts. For example, a process analysis is another name for a how-to paper. That specific assignment breaks down the steps in doing something. Being able to see how parts make a whole concept ...

How to Use Journal Articles in Writing

Citing information from journal articles adds authority to writing assignments, but without knowing how to read these sources, you’ll struggle to use them. Some students, unfamiliar with journal articles’ organization, glance through them, feel bogged down by the citations and numbers, ...

The Value of Keeping Old Writing Assignments

I was flipping through a file folder in my desk when I started laughing. I’d found a funny paper I’d written in high school. The experience made me think about why I’ve kept many of my writing assignments, and there were reasons besides to entertain myself in the future. You shoul ...

Advice for Completing Proposal Assignments

Proposals are written to solve problems in workplaces and communities, so expect to write a proposal in school. These assignments require you to present a problem clearly and argue for a plan to solve it. Research may be necessary to understand complicated problems and develop practical solutions. ...