By: MacKenzi McQuide
I remember how overwhelmed I felt by my first major college research paper. I had chosen my topic (more or less), done all the research, and even had a clear idea for my thesis. There was only one problem: I had no idea where to begin. I was drowning in piles of research, swimming through a murky blur of abstracts, results, and discussions, compiling half-asserted claims into ill-formed mental paragraphs. As I tried to mentally piece together what research went with each supporting claim, I found myself more and more lost and more and more confused. To combat this seemly unachievable research paper, I knew I needed to do some sort of prewriting.