Whether you are working on a book, an article, or simply a frustrating email, you will never escape the need to write. Making sure your piece is coherent, concise and to the point will always be at the top of any checklist. In this tab you will find helpful guides, templates and online resources for a plethora of writing projects.
If you should need some assistance, feel free to reach out and ask the librarian for help. When the work from home period ends, one on one appointments will resume.
Purdue Writing Lab
"The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects."
Purdue Owl offers full sample papers, guides on all the major citation styles, job search writing, etc...It is an excellent source for any writing endeavor.
If you come across an article important to your research, but it is in a language you do not read, a translation might be in order. There is an entire industry dedicated to medical document translation, but it is up to you to decide what service to use. Such services also come with prices, so if this option is absolutely necessary please be aware of your budget.
To note: Patient documents and other HIPPA protected documents are Never to be included for translations.
No matter the project, starting with an outline is always a good idea. After brainstorming what the goals are for your paper, arranging those ideas in order will help in the writing process. Generally speaking, the outline will look something like this:
a. Problem is stated
b. Thesis is presented
c. Closing statment blends into next paragraph
II. First Idea (Broad idea)
a. Point #1
c. Point #2
III. Second Idea (Narrow idea)
a. Point #3
c. Point #4
a. Mirrors the Intro but closes out the paper
b. Leaves open ending, express your continuing research & future progress
While there is no official format in a particular paper style for a draft, there are a few rules of thumb to writing one.
Drafts are more easily read and edited when double-spaced.
Always include page numbers.
Leaving notes in the draft is perfectly alright, especially if you have another pair of eyes helping with edits.
Articles & Videos about Writing for Publication
These links come from our Ascension Wisconsin Librarians.
Finding just the right word, for any writing project, can be a hassle. Or, perhaps you are not sure the correct definition of a word you came across in another article. The links below are always useful to have up when you're working at the keyboard.