Workshops Recommended for Undergraduates

Workshops are open to currently enrolled UW-Madison students, staff and faculty, and are offered free of charge. To register for a workshop, please fill out the registration form accessible through the link at the bottom of each individual workshop’s description page. You will receive a confirmation email for your registration as soon as you register.…

Revising an Argumentative Paper

Download this Handout PDF Introduction You’ve written a full draft of an argumentative paper. You’ve figured out what you’re generally saying and have put together one way to say it. But you’re not done. The best writing is revised writing, and you want to re–view, re–see, re–consider your argument to make sure that it’s as…

Writing an Effective Blog Post

What blog posts can do Blogging, or writing short entries on a website, can allow you to offer opinions, share ideas, or do independent reporting, but most importantly blogging can help writers have conversations with readers. What makes blogs so different from journalism, as the authors of The Elements of Blogging: Expanding the Conversation of…

Sample Lab Assignment

Below is a sample lab report assignment from a UW-Madison bacteriology course. We will be using a format for the lab reports which is similar (but modified) to formats for scientific papers. That is, you must include an abstract, introduction, materials and methods section, results section, discussion, and literature citations. Your grade on the reports…

Formatting Science Reports

This section describes an organizational structure commonly used to report experimental research in many scientific disciplines, the IMRAD format: Introduction, Methods, Results, And Discussion. Although the main headings are standard for many scientific fields, details may vary; check with your instructor, or, if submitting an article to a journal, refer to the instructions to authors.…

Learn how to write a review of literature

What is a review of literature? The format of a review of literature may vary from discipline to discipline and from assignment to assignment. A review may be a self-contained unit — an end in itself — or a preface to and rationale for engaging in primary research. A review is a required part of…

How to Write Critical Reviews

Overview When you are asked to write a critical review of a book or article, you will need to identify, summarize, and evaluate the ideas and information the author has presented. In other words, you will be examining another person’s thoughts on a topic from your point of view. Your stand must go beyond your…

Reading a book to review it

Choose your book carefully Being interested in a book will help you write a strong review, so take some time to choose a book whose topic and scholarly approach genuinely interest you. If you’re assigned a book, you’ll need to find a way to become interested in it. Read actively and critically Don’t read just…

Creating a Poster

What exactly is a poster presentation? A poster presentation combines text and graphics to present your project in a way that is visually interesting and accessible. It allows you to display your work to a large group of other scholars and to talk to and receive feedback from interested viewers. Poster sessions have been very…

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources, each of which is followed by a brief note or “annotation.” These annotations do one or more of the following: describe the content and focus of the book or article suggest the source’s usefulness to your research evaluate its method, conclusions, or reliability record your reactions…