The process of writing follows the same basic format whether you are writing an essay, a short story, or a term paper:
Step 1: Brainstorming - also known as pre-writing. Choose a topic and determine what you already know (and do not know) about it.
Step 2: Research your topic. Take notes, including what source details are in.
Step 3: Write - don't worry about making it perfect, just get it on paper/screen. Do not forget to save!
Step 4: Edit - proofread, revise, correct, and make it perfect. Check your facts. Do NOT depend only on spell check!
Step 5: Cite sources - bibliography and internal citation using the correct style guide format.
Each tab on this LibGuide focuses on an individual step and provides resources for successfully completing that step.