If you need more help than this page provides, check out Augsburg's Writing Lab, on the main floor of Lindell Library.
They can help with all parts of a writing assignment, including:
Before you dive in, take a moment to step back and...
Make sure you understand your professor's assignment.
This might not be as simple as it looks. Imagine yourself summarizing it for a friend or roommate.
Can you re-write or say the assignment in your own words?
Figuring this out now will save you a lot of time and effort later.
Now it's time to start finding the sources you will read to get information for your paper or presentation.
Don't just head to Google!
Academic work requires strong, authoritative sources, not just any random thing you find on the Internet.
Talk to a librarian!
Our job at the library is to supply you with the scholarly books, articles, and curated web resources that you will need for your research.
You can find several different types of sources here at the library:
Toward the end of your project, you'll start assembling your sources into a
Check the assignment, or ask your professor, to find out which style you should use.
No matter where your information is from, whether a scholarly database or even your personal interview with a source, it's important to document it thoroughly.
You'll find more information on citation styles and why they are important in the next few pages.Using a consistent style reassures your professor, and anyone else who reads your paper or sees your presentation, that your information and opinions are trustworthy.