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It's time to start thinking about that term paper you've been putting off. Still need a topic? Need to polish your argument? These sites will inspire your creativity and keep you on track!

It starts with a good idea and you're already full of them. Start with what you love. If you write about something that interests you, the process will be more enjoyable and the outcome will be more impressive. Try taking two of your favorite topics and weaving them into one. For ideas, check out Brainstorming a Paper Topic. You can also find guidance at Researchpaper.com.

Now that you've got a topic, step back and think through The Writing Process. The Writing Center at Chesapeake College says it's 15% worrying, so if you're worrying, don't worry. It's perfectly normal. There's a good deal of thought that occurs before you even pick up a pen.

To flesh out a topic, explore what the Web has to offer on the subject. A helpful librarian at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa has pulled together relevant resources for hot paper topics at Where the Wild Things Are. Topics include gun control, welfare reform and smoking.

Now that you have direction, get ready to write. Before you construct your argument, check out Common Argument Fallacies at Jon's Homeschool Resource Page. He'll help you catch mistakes that weaken an argument before they occur. If you're writing about literature, take a look at Reading and Writing about Literature. The University of Texas at Austin will teach you the art of close reading, which can yield powerful results.

If you have questions or anxieties along the way, take them to The Write Place. This site created by McCloud State University and Literacy Education Online will help you write, organize and polish your paper. Choppy prose can be smoothed out with a few Useful Transitions. The Chesapeake College Writing Center has pulled together a useful list of words and phrases that glue thoughts together.

You STILL aren't writing? OK. We're going to have to send you to Conquer procrastination and overcome writer's block at the University of California, Irvine. They'll give you some helpful suggestions and a swift kick.

Before you sign off on the project, give it a careful read for accuracy, coherency and style. A good proofread can make the difference between an A and a B. If you can't remember where the apostrophe goes on that "s," stop by the Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. He'll give you the final word.

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