You can find discussion on the other parts of a paper here.
I’ll try to explain what each part entails, but feel free to ask if something is confusing (fair warning, I’m making up the sample main points as I go. I have no idea if any of it would actually be provable; that’s where research would come in). I have a more readable sample w/o all the explanations here.
Have you heard your English professor say the dreaded “I don’t ever give out a 100 on a paper, because no paper can possibly be perfect. All writers need to be aware that they have room for improvement!”
They tried to pull the whole “You’ll never get a perfect score” on me, but I was an official English major and I was prepared. Imagine my glee the day one such professor had to watch me walk away with an actual 100. Yes! Victory! Success! Take that evil English professors everywhere! Actually, though, this little trick got me through all of my writing classes with almost straight As. Surprisingly, the same trick applies to writing an answer to an essay exam, writing a speech, or writing a presentation.
I’ll start with a disclaimer:
Today I learned something new and completely fascinating. I use Microsoft Word for all of my academic writing, and I often write in outline form. While writing outlines for my final exams, I learned a cool new trick for when I am writing in bulleted format!
Say for example you are typing up a list of definitions in the following format:
Generally, I would make the ‘word’ a different color from the definition to make it stand out. However, it gets tedious having to change the color format for each new word. Well, today by a complete accident, I found a way to get around that.
1. Put the items in your list in bulleted/numbered format.
2. Set up the first item on your list in the two colors you want (for example put ‘word’ in red and definition in blue).
3. Hit Enter
4. Start you second word (the program will automatically start typing in the first color you chose). However, add in a period after the ‘word’ before you start typing your definition and Viola! Microsoft Office will automatically switch over to the second color, mimicking the format of the first item on your list.
Cool huh!?!–saved me time and patience.