Reasearch paper writing tips needed
March 22, 2011 12:13 PM Subscribe
I have cousin who is an undergrad college student overwhelmed by the research paper process, who asking me for help Any tips to help me help him?
My cousin is bright and fun, but has largely coasted on the merits of being clever and articulate. He's recently decided to change majors to a hard science and this semester has had to write real research papers for the first time. He asked for my help, but it has been (gulp) ten years since I had to sit down to write a paper, so I'm looking for some tips I can share with him.
I went over outlines and citations with him, and he understands how to use a database and the library effectively (I think. We're 2000 miles apart.) I also found an on campus resource for editing, some sort of writing lab where he can go for help, but he reports that they were very busy and didn't provide much help. He plans to return another time at a slower time of day.
Sent him a couple books from amazon, but I suspect that reading a book is pretty low on his priority list.