Tips for Midterms/Exams


10 Tips for Midterms/Exams examples


1 Each paper you write should have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. The last sentence of the introduction is your thesis statement. This should look something like this: “This paper will prove that white houses look nicer than black houses.”


2 If you are reading a lot of information on a website, and want to see if a particular word is found there, hold the ctrl and f keys down at the same time, and then type in the word you want in the box that comes up.


3 In the library at your school, there are people called reference librarians. They specialize in different subjects. For instance, at Dalhousie University, if you want help finding sources for business courses, you would make an appointment to see Joyline Makani because her specialty is business.


4 A topic sentence is the first sentence of a paragraph. It says what you are going to be talking about in that paragraph.


5 A transition is the flow or change from one paragraph to the next. When someone is reading your paper, they should never be confused. Every time your professor is confused, you will lose marks no matter how good your ideas are.


6 If you go to SMU, for example, you will see on the main page,, a section on databases. These will help you find journal articles. If you are in business, ABI is a good source because it indexes using the Proquest database.


7 Proquest database is a good database because it easily lets you look for full text articles, and it also lets you select only articles that are peer reviewed. Full text means that you get the entire article, not just the abstract. The abstract is a paragraph at the beginning of the article that summarizes the article that follows. Peer reviewed means that experts in that subject have edited the article so that you can be sure that it is a good source for your paper.


8 If you find a good article that you want for your paper, and you found it using Proquest or another database, click on subjects. You will find related articles.


9 If you find a book in the library that you want for your paper, look at the books that come before and after it on the library shelf. In the library, books are arranged according to subject, so if the book you want is there, chances are you will other good books for your paper in the same place.


10 Although professors traditionally prefer that you not use websites as sources for your papers, if you look at the extension on different addresses, they will consider them good sources. Here are some examples of good websites for business courses: for company information, for country information, and for financial information on a company.

© Jaclyn Holland-Strauss