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Welcome to Washington. D.C.!  This is a fabulous place to live, work, and study for many reasons.  But one of the best is that there's so much to do here for FREE.

Of course there are lot of free things to do in nearby Maryland and Virginia, but this Guide includes only what we Washingtonians call "The District."

If you know of a good free activity that I've overlooked, please send me a comment.  Thanks, and have fun!

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Writing Tips

Below, you'll find some Web sites and Library books that discuss the process of writing a research paper; they are intended to work as refreshers only. For more in-depth information about writing a paper, you should consult either your instructor or visit Gallaudet's Tutorial & Instructional Program.

Web sites

  • Writing a Research Paper - The OWL at Purdue (Purdue University)
    The OWL is one of the best online resources for academic research tips, covering a wide range of topics from basic grammar to literary analysis and criticism.
  • The Writing Center (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
    A good, basic guide that covers every stop of the process from starting your research to revising your final draft in a quick and clear format.
  • How to Write a Term Paper (Gale Cengage)
    Although this Web site emphasizes using Gale products, it also offers practical advice and lists of questions you should be asking yourself as you put together a good scholarly paper.

Some Library books offering writing help; each link will take you to the book's ALADIN record. Although some of these may seem kind of old, the art of writing good academic papers hasn't changed much in a long time. Also, please remember, these are not the only books we have on how to write; don't be afraid to do a little searching on your own!

  • Cite Right
    This book is an invaluable resource for understanding citations! Strongly recommended.
  • How to Write
    A basic introduction to writing in general, this book has some good insights in how to write well and addresses the issue of how to do research in databases.
    • This is an eBook; to access it, look for Linked Resources: under "Availability" and click on the provided link.
  • How to Write a Thesis
    Don't let the title mislead you; a thesis is just a long research paper. Combined with your professor's criteria, this is an extremely useful little book.
  • Here's How to Write Well
    As well as the usual writing advice, this book contains some discussion of rhetoric and how it can be best employed in writing a good paper.
  • How to Write a Better Thesis or Report
    Discusses the finer points of high-level academic writing.
  • How to Write a Term Paper
    More specifically focused; also offers more in-depth discussion of the various steps involved in academic writing as addressed by the Web sites listed above.

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