Tehcnical Writing - A Brief Style 101 Checklist OR How to...

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A Brief Style 101 Checklist OR How to write a paper that makes me happy… Go and purchase Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. Do not delay! It’s at the bookstore for $7.95. Online it’s even cheaper. Resources at UF: The Reading and Writing Center (RWC) http://www.at.ufl.edu/rwcenter/index.html Online styleguides are also available for the MLA citation format: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/ http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/workshop/citmla.htm http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/DocMLA.html PAPER Organization Make an outline before you begin. Introduction In the first paragraph clearly and gracefully introduce the topic and present the thesis . The thesis statement should set forth an argument not a statement of fact. Could someone potentially disagree with your thesis? If not, you have probably set forth a statement of fact. Make your argument specific not general. Avoid all sweeping generalities, about human beings, about civilization, about “our society,” about anything "through the ages," etc. Does your thesis matter to you? Would it matter to other members of the class? Does
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2011 for the course ENC 2210 taught by Professor Rinne during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.

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