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How to use footnotes

Using footnotes properly is the art that one needs to learn. As you become more experienced as an essay writer, you may find yourself resorting to footnotes more and more often, but it's also important to know when enough is enough. What are the footnotes used for? In some citation styles, like Chicago, they indicate the source of the quotation. However, they have a couple of other usages, and we are going to talk about those now.

How to write an essay really fast

If you are a student, you probably had to work on a tight deadline more than once or twice. Sometimes it is the objectively huge workload, and sometimes it is the procrastination that brings to you the point where you have to write a ten-page essay in two hours. In any case, if you find yourself in this situation, you need some tips to help you with essay writing.

Writing is a Frame of Mind – Diamonds or Stones

While I was considering the differences between writing a term paper, as opposed to buying a term paper, I heard John Denver singing in the background, “Some days are diamonds, some days are stones.”. This is a truth of the functioning of the human mind. Many factors influence which day it will be, a diamond day or a stone day, though none determine it outright.

How to make essay notes

Different people have different styles of making notes when working with sources. However, there are some universal tips on note making that can make your library hours more efficient. You should definitely make a note when you come across the following things:

Tips for poem analysis

If you have been given the assignment to analyze a poem, don't panic! Works of literature are not easy to write about, especially when it comes to poems, but here we are to help with a couple tips for your essay! Analysis is something logic-based and poetry is usually something obscure, so they do seem hard to combine. However, there are plenty of angles you could analyze a poem from.

How to make your essay longer

Everyone experiences problems with essay length once in a while. It’s when you know what you want to say, but don’t know how to make 2000 words out of it, you find yourself wanting help with essay writing. When you are all out of constructive ideas and in need of making your paper longer, you risk losing quality. The typical mistakes made in the attempts to increase the word count are diverting from the topic, becoming repetitive and losing structure.

Using Wikipedia as a source

Everyone, including us, told you not to use Wikipedia as your quoted source. There are several reasons for this – since it is created by many people, it’s rendered unscientific; since it’s already a summarized and paraphrased text, it’s difficult to make it any more concise; also, some contributors to Wikipedia deliberately include facts that are false, inaccurate or not objective enough and it takes time for the editors to find and correct them. However, all of the above doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read Wikipedia articles at all.

How to Revise a Draft

Not everyone possesses the skill to write the ideal first draft and submit the essay without prior revising. And in fact, none should. Unless it’s the in-class essay you only have a couple of hours to complete, you usually have enough time to revise your initial draft and improve your essay before it goes into your professor’s inbox.

Help with poem analysis

Tips for poem analysis

If you have been given the assignment to analyze a poem, don't panic! Works of literature are not easy to write about, especially when it comes to poems, but here we are to help with a couple of tips for your essay! An analysis is something logic-based and poetry is usually something obscure, so they do seem hard to combine. However, there are plenty of angles you could analyze a poem from.

Picking a topic for art history research paper - Picasso’s Guernica

Let's consider a couple of examples of how you would go from subject to defining topic to finding a research question and finally making a thesis. Suppose you were taking a course on art history and you were learning in the course about modern 20th-century painters - Matice and Chagall, Picasso and many others. You might be asked to write a term paper about Picasso, or you might choose Picasso because he's a painter you were particularly interested in. So, the general subject area for your research paper might be, Picasso.