How to Write

 Writing is not just a tool you use in school. It is a craft you learn there, and use the rest of your life. Your future employers will value good writing as much or more than your current teachers. So you will not regret the effort you make to become a confident writer. Knowing that you can express yourself in writing about your expertise, whether that be management or marketing or finance or organization, is an invaluable foundation for success. This lecture will show you a way to build that confidence, one paragraph at a time. Here is a cheat sheet:

And here’s a short paper that explains roughly the same ideas: “How to Write” (PDF).

How to Structure a Research Paper

In this lecture, I present the outline of a standard social science research paper, explaining the scholarly basis and rhetorical purpose of each section. You’ll be given some useful ways to think about your background, theory, methods, analysis, discussion sections, as well as how to write your introduction and conclusion. (Also available in High Definition.)