Brainstorming & Outlining

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Sometimes when you're having trouble generating ideas, it can be useful to look at your topic from a new prespective. This handout helps with introduction, essay, and conclusion.

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This handout walks you through two brainstorming techniques to help you generate ideas. It also provides instructions and a worksheet to help you develop an effective outline.


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Most college essays are based, at least in part, on a variety of written sources. If you're not familiar with the process of close reading, however, you may have difficulty developing a strong essay. This page walks you through an example of close reading to help you understand how best to approach your own sources.

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This site describes a variety of approaches to brainstorming.  This handout discusses techniques that will help you start writing a paper and continue writing through the challenges of the revising process. Brainstorming can help you choose a topic, develop an approach to a topic, or deepen your understanding of the topic’s potential.



So you've read all your sources, and you have some ideas, but you're having trouble putting it all together? This site may help. It offers comprehensive information to help you develop your thoughts and outline your paper. This page can be helpful at any stage of the writing process, but it's especially useful as a tool to get you started.

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