Of course, you can always visit the Writing Center to find answers for these questions, but sometimes it’s helpful to begin answering them at home. Here are some helpful links.
College Paper Basics
What is an academic paper?
Dartmouth's Writing Program: Academic paper help
Help with Word:
Quick link to: Basic tips for formatting text in MS Word.
UNC Chapel Hill: Word XP/2000: Basic Formatting
Help with Writing
How do I find a topic or a thesis for my paper?
Dartmouth’s Writing Program: Coming up with a topic
Cal State U Library: Research Guide on Paper Topics
How do I make an outline?
Owl at Purdue: Writing a Research Paper (includes links to creation of argumentative or analytical outlines)
My instructor says I need to work on transitions – what does that mean?
UNC's help with Transitions
Help with Grammar
How do I “fix my grammar” when I don’t even know what some of the terms mean, much less how to fix the problems?
Owl at Purdue
MLA citations (APA and Chicago style listed as optional choices)
Landmark's: Son of Citation Machine
MLA paper format:
Owl at Purdue: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
How do I format a paper in MLA format when I’m not even sure how to adjust things like headers, footers, italics, and so on?
D.G. Jerz and David Neis, Seton Hill's MLA Style: Step-By-Step Instructions
Owl at Purdue: Writing On and With The Internet
A Student's Guide to Research with the WWW (St. Louis University)
Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide