10 Practical Tips for Improving Workflow and Connecting Ideas in Writing

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1. Understand your topic’s purpose

2. Utilize the Scholarcy Plugin for Summarizing Potential Sources

Scholarcy plugin for research paper summarization
Scholarcy plugin for research paper summarization

3. Organize your sources

Source Organization in File Explorer
Source Organization in File Explorer
Example of Source Organization

4. Utilize the comment feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Example of Adobe Acrobat Reader Editor

5. Plan out the content first

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6. Structure Your Paper

Diagram of paper structure
Brief Diagram of Paper Structure
  • When considering a title for your paper, it’s important that the title is clear and concise, and briefly summarizes the main subject you are discussing. This should be interesting enough that the audience has enough incentive to keep reading more.
  • When creating the abstract, this section should serve as a summary of the entire paper with clear, to-the-point sentences. Any discussion of the results and conclusions should be brief as to not give away too much information.
  • The introduction should provide background context as to where the paper can be placed in recent trends related to the subject, and more importantly where previous research has led to the topic being addressed.
  • The methodology of the paper serves as a detailed explanation of the procedure followed to obtain the results of the research. The methodology should be sufficiently detailed such that it could be duplicated by another person entirely.
  • The results section is dedicated to describing the results of the research with a completely neutral perspective. What was obtained? Does it make sense according to the methodology?
  • The discussion section should then review the results and discuss the meaning of the results obtained. This is where statements, assumptions, opinions, etc., can be contemplated regarding the results.
  • Finally the conclusion section should revisit briefly all of the sections of the report, with a greater emphasis on the results, discussion, and subsequent conclusions drawn from the research.
  • The references section is a place for all sources utilized in the paper to be listed.

7. Understand the Relationships Between Ideas that are Being Established

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8. Utilize Connecting Words to Write Out Associated Ideas

9. Utilize Citation Generators

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10. Use a Writing Assistant Tool

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