Starting Your Paper: Procrastination Is Not a Research Strategy

Posted by duncan on 8/15/14 8:00 AM

Starting Your Paper, Topic Pages

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 9.56.24 PMIt's safe to assume that if procrastination could be converted into energy, we'd never need oil again. Or wind power, solar, and whatever Elon Musk is cooking up combined. Writing a paper isn't that big a deal for your average college student, but starting a paper comes with a veritable potpourri of anxiety, doubt, frustration and dread. We came up with this weekly blog post to give you the tips, inspiration and encouragement you need to embark upon whichever paper looms next on your horizon.

Let's say you're following the protests in Ferguson, Missouri this week and decide you want to explore social justice issues further for an upcoming paper. The only problem is, "social justice" is a HUGE topic, one we've been debating since the dawn of civilization, and you're feeling overwhelmed trying to pick something to write about. Start with this Social Justice Topic Page, where you'll find scholarly information and links to related Topic Pages, images, definitions and more. Still not sure what to write about? We included a list of awesome Topic Pages below for your browsing pleasure.

Remember: the sooner you start your paper, the more time you'll have for celebratory napping later. And there's no snooze sweeter than that which is undisturbed by horrifying realizations of impending due dates.

Social Justice - A standard used to assess the fairness of a society. Justice is a central moral standard that requires the fair and impartial treatment of all. Social justice differs ...

Civil Disobedience - refusal to obey a law or follow a policy believed to be unjust. Practitioners of civil disobedience usual base their actions on moral right and employ the nonviolent technique of passive resistance in order to bring wider attention to the injustice.

Police - The police is the institution in charge of protecting public order and repressing crime, and it is entitled to use physical force in order to...

Justice - U.S. society maintains numerous institutions and systems of social justice. The income tax distributes wealth; publicly funded education provides for children  ...

Activism - Definition: from. Summary Article: Activism, Social and Political from Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. This indigenous political group called the.

Steinem, Gloria - For over 40 years, she has lent her energies to innumerable initiatives on behalf of women's rights and social justice. Born March 25, 1934, into a middle-class  ...

Hooks, Bell - Black feminist writer, teacher, cultural critic, and renowned activist-scholar, bell hooks was born Gloria Jean Watkins  ...

Miranda V. Arizona - One of the Supreme Court's most divisive cases under Chief Justice Earl Warren was Miranda v. Arizona of 1966.

Ideology - Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. It is generally granted that the term ideology was first coined by French philosopher Compte Antoine Destutt de  ...