Below are some suggestions for honing your writing skills for research.
The Writing Center
Based out of the CTLR in Davis Library, the Writing Center has peer and professional writing tutors available by appointment. Either can help you at any stage of your research writing. We also have numerous online resources for writing research papers.
Research Project Writing
Start writing at the very beginning of your research. This is a long-term project, with a paper you will revise many times, possibly tossing out whole parts mid-stream. You can’t wait until you feel you have all your data and sources sitting in front of you to begin.
Writing is a form of active thinking and you will benefit from researching and writing concurrently. It will allow you to work through aspects of your project and identify lines of inquiry or gaps in your data and sources, while deepening your project and informing your research process, such as items to look for when traveling to an archive.
Write Like a Scientist
Resources on science writing by genre and discipline are available from Professor Molly Costanza-Robinson, Alison Maxwell ’15, and the Writing Program.