School Essay Writing Tips: Getting Additional Info

Doing research for your school essay isn’t as hard as most students think. As long as you know where to look and have a solid topic idea, research can even be fun! When you’re working on this essay, there are a few things you should always do. The first is to stay organized. Make sure the information you have collected so far is orderly and somewhere you can easily reread it for when you need it. Also, it makes your life so much easier when you use an outline. Take a few minutes before writing any part of the essay to briefly summarize each section of your essay and talk about what you want it to look like when it’s done.

Finding More Sources for your Essay

If you’ve been looking and can’t find anything good that you want to use, here are a few tips. Some of these places you might have already been, but you can still get some value out of going back.

  • Your public and school libraries: look in sections related to your topic and instead of simply picking up the ones that “look good”, flip through every single book if you have the time. Some of the worst covers or the smallest, inconsequential looking books can have valuable information.
  • Search online: there are so many websites, journals, online magazines and other sources of information online that your problem won’t be finding material, but sorting through the vast amounts to find the good stuff. As long as you can trace back each source to a published book, reputable website or organization, you should be safe as far as accuracy and credibility.
  • Interview a professional: you can get quotes and information that no one else will have if you talk to someone in person about their job and their industry. Find a professional that’s working right now and they can tell you about their education, their experience so far on the job, and industry inside news that might not be reported in newspapers or online.
  • Ask your teacher for assistance: when you’ve done all that you can, don’t hesitate to get some help. Your teacher is there to help his students, so you might as well take advantage of that. He can probably give you some ideas and suggestions for more sources, and perhaps even suggest a particular website to you.