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BUILD IT Express: Other Ways to Get Help

A short version of the BUILD IT tutorial, with just the essential information.

OTHER WAYS TO GET HELP

If you have not written many research papers or it has been awhile since you have done so,
you may find that you need a little more help to get through the process.

The library has many books and other tools to help you with the writing process; some are highlighted in Other Ways to Get Help in the full BUILD IT tutorial.

Other sources of help include websites and the Bellevue University Writing Center. You can find information about these in the left column.  
Then look over the right column for a summary of then entire writing process as covered in BUILD IT Express.

LINKS FOR LITERACY

There are many websites and tutorials to help you with your research and writing.  Most are provided by universities, so you know the information is reliable.
Here are few good ones:

Bare Bones 101: A Basic Tutorial on Searching the Web University of Southern California - Beaufort
Guide to Grammar and Writing Dr. Charles Darling, Capital Community College Foundation
Oops, I Plagiarized University of Southern California -
Los Angeles
OWL Online Writing Lab Purdue University
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant Chuck Guilford, Ph.D., Emeritus English Professor at Boise State University

THE WRITING CENTER

THE WRITING CENTER

The Bellevue University Writing Center is conveniently located in the Library building, making it very convenient for students who would like feedback on their written assignments from professional writing consultants. They offer in-person and online assistance for each step of the writing process.

  • Services are free to all Bellevue University students, faculty, and staff.
  • To make an appointment with a writing consultant, use WCOnline.
    Walk ins are welcome on a first come first served basis
  • Distance students may also take advantage of the Writing Center by submitting their papers through email. writing@bellevue.edu,Students who email their work should provide the instructions for their paper, the instructor's name, the class, and the due date. Turnaround time is 24-48 hours.
  • The Writing Center is located on the Main Campus in the Learning Commons, Room 439.

SUMMING IT UP

TAKING YOUR IDEA FROM TOPIC TO FINISHED PAPER

Getting Started:

  1. Know your Assignment - be clear on what it is and all instructions.
  2. Choose a general Topic, if not assigned.
  3. Make a Timeline, giving yourself deadlines to accomplish the various tasks.
  4. Do some Preliminary Research to get familiar with your topic.
  5. Focus your Topic to make it manageable.
  6. Make an Outline to help you organize your paper and keep you on track.

Locating Information

  1. Choose a variety of credible Sources, as required by your instructor.
  2. Use Discovery Search, eCatalog, or the Library Databases to locate Books, eBooks, Articles, Videos, etc.
  3. Carefully Evaluate Your Sources, including websites ,using the CRAAP method.
  4. Use your sources to do your Research and gather information that supports your topic.

Writing your Paper

  1. Start with a Rough Draft, then Revise your paper, and finally Proofread it, preferably more than once.
  2. Make sure your paper includes  proper Citations, both in-text and in your reference list at the end.
  3. Finally, Format your paper, following the APA or MLA guidelines.

The Final Paper

  1. Now you are ready to Submit your paper and take a well earned break.

The Reward

  1. Instant - a sense of accomplishment for a job well done.
  2. Ultimate - a thorough knowledge of the subject and an excellent grade on your paper!

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE INFORMATION LITERATE!

Congratulations on completing BUILD IT Express and improving your information literacy.  
Many more details, examples, interactive searches, screenshots, even interactive 
Quizzes can be found in the full version of BUILD IT on the library website.

Go on the the final page to see your CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION