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GWS Video-Shorts Series
We try to keep videos in this series is under 5 minutes because we know your time is precious. Each video deals with one aspect of writing, and is produced by the staff of Lehigh University's Graduate Writers' Studio. Let us know if you have topic for which you would like to see a video.
LU Library Resources
The library is an integral part of the writing process, and these are the general steps of the writing process. Though they are presented here in a linear fashion, we all know writing in real life rarely flows in an orderly manner from step 1 through step 5. So, remember to visit these libguides early and often throughout your writing process. Also, no part of the writing process is bound within a certain practice; thus, you might find that information between libguides overlaps. This is great for you because it means important concepts are provided in a variety of places; thus, if you miss one in one place, you get it in another.
Developing an Idea – As writers, and we are all writers, before we can do anything, we need to work (or write) our way into an idea. Here are some libguides that you might find useful for this kind of work:
Researching a Topic – When we have an idea (or ideas), we can’t just rely on what we have stored in our brains, we need to go looking to see what other people in our fields and others have already said on this topic. Here are some libguides that you might find useful as you research your great ideas:
- “Literature Reviews: How to Do, How to Write”
- “Google Scholar: Understanding Scholar”
- “CITL Workshop: Organizing Your Research: Tools”
Writing – Ah, “writing,” that catch-all phrase. Here at the GWS, we understand the whole process outlined here to be “writing,” but when most people talk about “writing,” they mean the creation of alphabetic text meant to communicate a thought or idea to yourself or to others. So, we’ll go with that for this particular discussion. Here are some libguides that you might find useful as you write to learn and to communicate your knowledge:
- “Writing Tips: Steps Toward a Great Paper”
- “Writing and Note-Taking Tools”
- “Finding Theses and Dissertations: Finding Lehigh Theses and Dissertations”
- “Dissertation and Thesis Writing”
Citing and Formatting – We may have an interesting and important topic, and we may have done our research and really know what we are talking about; however, U.S. academic culture also requires that we properly cite the work of others who helped us get to the great idea we are communicating today. We also need to be sure we are following the delivery (formatting) conventions of our fields. Here are some libguides that you might find useful as you do this work:
- “New RefWorks”
- “Citations, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing: Why Do We Cite?”
- “Citation Guides and Style Manuals: How To Read Citations”
- “APA Citation Guide: Welcome”
- “IPD Citation Style v3.0: Begin”
Publishing – Nobody wants a great idea to die in a classroom, conference, or thesis! Here are some libguides you might find useful as you work from localized writing to publishable writing:
- “Writing an Impactful Journal Article: Resources and Tips”
- “Enhancing Research Impact”
- “Authors' Rights and Publishing: Overview”
If you are looking for more field- or discipline-specific help, there are libguides that have been created for a variety of disciplines. If you still can’t find what you are looking for, please reach out to the GWS, your subject librarian, or your professor.
All library guides were created and are provided by your helpful Lehigh University Subject Librarians.