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Prewriting is preparation process that you can complete before you actually write your paper, essay or summary. Prewriting helps you organize your thoughts, plan your research or writing, and clarify your thesis.

Addressing Common Punctuation and Grammar Mistakes

Here are tips for several common grammar and punctuation mistakes. Therefore, the following tips focus on the common errors that writers have been encountered in their papers.

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Creating a Formal Three-Part Outline

How to write a formal outline.

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Essay Topic Suggestions to Help You Get Started

Topic suggestions for various types of essays.

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How to Choose an Essay Topic

Choosing an essay topic is one of the most important parts of writing an essay or paper. It also is one of the most difficult parts of building the essay.

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Pre-Writing Strategies to Help You Organize Your Thoughts

Pre-writing is a way of organizing your thoughts and beginning to put the information you have on paper. It is best to do a pre-writing activity before you actually begin writing your paper or essay.

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Sample Essay with Transitions

William E. Hoy was born hearing in Houckstown, Ohio, on May 23, 1862. He became deaf before he was three years old. Later, he attended the Columbus "Ohio" School for the Deaf from the age of ten to the age of eighteen. As a student, he learned to play baseball; from then on, he was always involved with baseball.

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Sample of a Tree Diagram

Sample of a tree diagram.

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Sample of Effective Outline

Your paper will probably be more effective if you try to present your findings so that the different parts are about the same length. If you are researching two books, for example, you should give approximately the same space to each.

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The Note Card System

How to use the note card system to organize your thoughts before writing a research paper.

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Using Questions as a Pre-Writing and Organizational Technique

Prewriting by questioning is a five-step process which allows you to: recognize the richness and diversity of your subject (exploration); gather as much information as possible about this aspect (discovery); make some sense out of the body of information you've assembled (classification); determine what you want to say to the reader, and the order in which you want to say it (selecting and ordering).

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