8: How to Write Your Paper

Congratulations! You're now ready to put all the pieces together. Since the Library can help you learn how to find, evaluate and use information effectively and efficiently, make the Oakton Library your first stop in the research process.

Our instructional and support services are designed to help you succeed with your research assignments and feel confident about using an academic library. Develop your search skills and practice often!


The following websites provide great tips about writing a paper:

  • A+ Research and Writing
    tips and strategies from the ipl2
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab
    comprehensive collection of online writing resources and tutorials from Purdue University
  • How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
    from the Library at Cornell University, includes a step-by-step process for creating an annotated bibliography
  • Finding Historical Primary Sources
    primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts;created by University of California Berkeley Library.

Books In The Oakton Library

The following books are great guides on how to write a paper:

  • The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers
    On Reserve at both the DP & RHC Circulation Desks
  • The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers
    On Reserve at both the DP & RHC Circulation Desks
  • Rowman & Littlefield Guide to Writing with Sources
    Call Number: (DP) PE1478 .D37 2012; (RHC) RHC. PE1478 .D37 2012
  • A Short Guide to Writing About Literature
    Call Number: (DP) PE1479.C7 B3 2009
  • A Writer's Reference
    Call Number: (DP) PE1408 .H2778 2011; (RHC) On Reserve at the Circulation Desk

Additional Resources on Campus

Media Services

Media Services provides Oakton equipment and media necessary to support the College's curriculum. Video and audio production equipment is available for class-related projects with instructor's approval. Within copyright laws, many audio tapes may be duplicated when subject matter is relevant to the curriculum. Individual viewing of films, videotapes and media based course lessons is available at each campus. Support is also provided for classes in videoconferencing rooms.

Learning Center

The Learning Center provides academic support for students who want to understand how they learn and who want to develop, improve and refine their learning skills. Instructional specialists assist students in making the most of their college experience. The primary goal of the Learning Center is helping students help themselves.


Develop your information literacy skills by attending a Got Research workshop or by scheduling a research consultation. Use the Oakton Library and learn how to find, evaluate and use information effectively and efficiently.


Discuss your ideas with your instructor or an Oakton Library reference librarian. They can point you in the right direction and help you achieve success with your research