Writing Tutorials: The Process of Online Research Writing

Updated on May 30, 2016

Online Research: Tips and Tricks

Online research and the writing of informative text can be a rewarding process for a writer. Not only are you developing your own knowledge you are providing it as a source. Think about the latest breakthroughs that are announced day in and day out on the news. Viewers search the Internet for information on these topics. These could be YOUR viewers. Your efforts will deliver knowledge, provide textual support and include cited sources for your readers. Continued delivery will increase your fan base, promote your credibility and will fuel returning readers.

I will guide you through the steps of preparing and documenting online research, developing your pre-writing skills, empowering yourself with reflective editing and publishing of your respective text. Provided are links to sites which will further enhance your research, your writing process and the promotion of your published work.

Research and Writing Guide: Methods and Styles


Now more than ever it is easy to research just about any topic on the Internet. You can research diseases, treatments, creatures and features. However, where you find your material may not always be so credible. I'll offer a few tips and ideas as to how you can feel a bit more assured in regard to credibility. Organization can be a bit of an issue as well. You have to organize your presentation and your research. A rough draft is actually pretty helpful if you are writing on a fairly extensive topic. Try to keep the reader's perspective in mind when drafting. What information might your reader be looking for and are you delivering it? A good way to reflect on the reader's perspective is to ask yourself, "I know what I'm trying to say, but does the reader really understand?". Think of it this way. Roads have signs and lines for a reason. You will want to guide your reader through your text in the same way. If your presentation is not organized you are creating an unfocused roadmap to your topic and points of interest.

A note about the process - find what works for you. We are all unique in our writing style. Topics vary and so does motivation. Keep in mind that this hub is simply a guide in helping you organize your topic, research, drafting, editing and publishing. Developing your process should be as unique as your writing style and perspective.


  • Topic reflection, search engines and consulting.
  • Using graphic organizers or outlines to begin your draft.
  • Avoiding plagiarism, understanding paraphrasing, quoting and citing.
  • Steps to plan, draft, revise and edit your work.
  • Formatting and subtitles - guiding your reader.
  • Publishing and marketing.


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Before you can reflect on a topic you'll need to choose one. Inspiration can be found in graphics, songs, conversations, topic threads, blogs as well as daily news or radio shows. These are just some of the venues that may provide inspiration for you. Online magazines and news sites offer great ideas as well. Try to pick topics that you may be passionate about or at the very least interested in. This will help provide a nice voice in your writing. It is always nice to read a hub, blog or article from someone emotionally or professionally vested in the topic.

Once you pick your topic -

Topic Reflection - Jot down the following words; Who, What, When, Where, How and Why. With your topic in mind try to answer each of these question prompts. You might need to do a bit of research to get this step done. This will add insight to your topic reflection. Analyze each of your responses and decide which ones you want to focus on. Keep this list and draft handy for further reference during your pre-writing. You will also want to jot down any links you may have already found.

Searching and Search Engines - Refining your search can be a bit daunting at times. Keeping it credible is an additional challenge. Here are a few tips.

  • Google Scholar - This particular engine should be bookmarked if you will be seeking credible sources. When you search through Google Scholar you will only be provided with credible journals, studies and publications of your topic. You can even narrow down your search with a drop-down timeline.
  • Academia - Google, Bing and Yahoo are not the only search engines. There are several less well known yet extremely reliable academic engines as well. Universities and professors are great sources for offering search engines. Use your resources. If you have a university nearby there are many students and staff members available at the library computer labs to suggest academic search engines. For example; Writing on rocks? Seek out a Geology professor or graduate student. Remember, be respectful and clear with your intentions. Some academic search engines to consider are; RefSeek, Microsoft Academic Search, jurn.org, BASE, LexisNexis
  • News Sites, Magazines and Newspapers - These are great sources as well. Many articles within these sites will include source citations, author's and dates. Many also automatically list additional article links within the same theme or idea. Here are the most popular; CNN, FOX, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, TIME
  • Theme specific websites - There are a growing number of theme specific websites. Good sources can include high ranking advocacy groups. For example; Autism Society of America, American Heart Association, or the American Diabetes Association would be great theme specific sites. They usually offer great articles on the latest breakthroughs, legal reform, therapies and treatments.
  • Forums - Search the forums for any threads on your topic. See what your colleagues have to say. Open up a forum of your own. Feedback is a great way to help you find direction with your respective topic. Plus, it is always a good idea to see what has been written about your topic. This will further inspire your direction and angle.
  • Facebook - Believe it or not Facebook can be a good lead. You can find several "pages" that are theme specific. These pages usually add links to their status on a regular basis. You might find just the right article or comment thread.

Evaluating Sources - The key to being a good source analyst is to be reflective. Here are some things to ponder as you create your source list;

  1. Is the source a primary or second source?
  2. Is the source reliable? Are statements as fact supported or merely opinions?
  3. Is it accurate and trustworthy? Are citations, publications and credentials identified.
  4. Is the information current? Seek out dates through time-lines in your respective search engines. Generally, a credible author will provide sources, dates and links.

TIP 1 - keep the "evaluating sources" in mind when writing your text. You will want to apply your checklist to yourself if you want viewers to see you as credible.

TIP 2 - Build your bibliography - As sources add up you will want to create a bibliography of source links. Your bibliography can be created in Word and can be used as your "go to" page as you develop your research. Once you finalize your product you can choose which links to include as your sources at the end of your hub, blog or respective article. Remember, online authors usually develop a niche of topic preferences. Therefore, if you are writing in these same areas you will always have your bibliography as a reference. Time travels fast so keep them updated with the latest information.

TIP 3 - Citing academic forums and articles from colleagues is a great way to help build credibility and camaraderie. You can link to each other's work and quote each other's findings. Interviewing professionals in your topic area is a great tool as well. A journalistic approach is actually very interesting and rewarding.

Example hubs for analyzing source citing. You might want to consider viewing how I cited my sources at the bottom of Benefits of Blueberries. You will notice I identified and briefly described the claim, the study and the link. This is not exactly MLA form, but it does keep my reading audience informed. In Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice I cite the studies throughout the article and then include them at the bottom with hyperlinks. The point is this - it tells the reader I am not simply stating my own claims or opinions - I am basing them on scientific fact. Again, the goal is credibility with supportive text.

Samples of Graphic Organizers, click to enlarge

Word Map
Word Map
Cerebral Map
Cerebral Map

Organize your pre-writing with graphic organizers

Graphic Organizers - Word maps and grids are a great way to organize your thoughts on paper. Many of us have gotten so used to our computer keyboard that we forget the beauty and flexibility of scribbling thoughts. My word maps are usually with a main topic circle in the middle with various bubbles coming from it. Each bubble represents the supporting details and sub topics that you want to cover. Others make grids with the Who, What, When, Where and How questions. Fill in the grid with the points and sources you want to explore or elaborate on. You can also jot down the links of the sources you will be using for each bubble.

Outlines - These are great for preparing chronological order within your various sub-titles and paragraphs. Consider providing a "letter" for each sub-topic/paragraph and a number list for each supporting detail below it. For example;

A; Main Idea of Paragraph Two

  1. supporting detail one
  2. supporting detail two
  3. supporting detail three

B; Main Idea of Paragraph Three

  1. supporting detail one
  2. supporting detail two
  3. supporting detail three

Note Cards - I've used these before because they are easy to rearrange. Each note card represents a paragraph or sub-topic. Add your supporting details and sources in bullet form. Once you have prepared your card (they can be brief) place them in the order that best suits your topic. You end up with a literal cut n paste option as you organize your draft.

I've provided some examples for you to the right of this text. You may click to enlarge as needed.

Plagiarism and paraphrasing

Knowing the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing - If you copy it you are plagiarizing. If you only rephrase some of the words you are STILL plagiarizing. If you rephrase it completely in your own words you are paraphrasing. However, just because you paraphrased does not mean you do not cite your source.

As you do your research you will find many interesting sites. You'll find many examples of text that you will want to elaborate on or use.

  • Quoting exact text - If you use the exact words you must add quotations and cite the source.
  • Paraphrasing - if you directly paraphrase a source you must still cite the source. However, if you are completely revamping the text and adding elements, facts, opinions and ideas it is now your product. However, play it safe and cite your sources - even if they were just inspiration.

A word on determining if an article is plagiarized and evaluating if your own work is plagiarized. The Internet now provides sites for analyzing plagiarism. It is always a good idea to keep a vigilant eye on the fruits of your labor. Here are some to consider; Copyscape, Plagiarism Checker, Plagiarisma.net

Rough Drafts

evaluating your plan and setting up your draft

What exactly is drafting? Drafting is the skeleton of your work. You may want to break this down into three areas; beginning, middle and end. Others break it down through their outline or subtitles. Regardless, you should begin creating the chronological order of your text. Keep fluidity and clarity in mind during drafting.

Beginning - The opening paragraph is your hook and introduction. You will want to pull in your reader with an engaging introduction. Remember, the purpose of the opening paragraph is to grab the reader's attention, to introduce the topic and to give the reader a peek into your perspective of the topic. This would be the appropriate time to create a clear thesis statement. Thinking of your opening paragraph as your main idea can also help you stay on track. Leave the elaboration of supporting detail for your main body of work.

Middle - Your middle paragraphs or body of work should be dedicated to your supporting details. Your supporting details should support your main idea and perspective. However, you would want to create a topic sentence for each of your paragraphs. I like to think of each paragraph as mini essays. This helps me organize the skeleton and cohesiveness of each paragraph. Thus, supporting my overall theme as well as the main idea of my respective paragraph. Be sure to provide effective proof and support for your statements. This will help keep you from sounding heavily opinionated without any supportive evidence. Keep transitions in mind as you flow from one paragraph to the next. You do not want your flow to be choppy. Each paragraph should support the next.

Ending - You will want to bring your research into a thoughtful close. Visually imagine your middle paragraphs flowing into a funnel towards the closing paragraph. This is a nice opportunity to provide your reader with a summary of your main points and to reestablish your perspective, opinion or point. Close with a final perspective or thought. Keep in mind that your reader should not feel like they have been led to an edge of a dead end plank.

How to edit and revise

After you have written your article, blog or hub you will want to edit and revise. This is an extremely important step. First, you will want to read and reread your text. Your target areas are as follows;

  • Focus and Coherence
  • Organization
  • Progression of Ideas
  • Voice & Tone

Be reflective in your evaluation -

Focus and Coherence - Is work organized in a way which avoids inconsistencies? Does each paragraph offer a topic with supportive text? Are sources cited or referred to clearly and in the right place? Are the sentences relevant or redundant? Do sentences need to be added for stronger emphasis? Are you making random claims without textual support? Add and remove as needed.

Organization - Are your conclusions drawn from the text? Is evidence presented in a meaningful way? Do paragraphs flow well? Are transitions and introductions of paragraphs relevant? Did you suddenly throw out a random opinion without support?


Progression of Ideas

- Is my text dry?

Use figurative language to add depth and imagery with literary devices such as; similes, metaphors, hyperboles, repetition and rhetorical questions. That's right, literary devices are not exclusive to creative writing. Literary devices add symbolism, style and tone to your voice and perspective of the topic.

Examples of figurative language in informative text. Lets use - Industry and Rain Forests -

  • simile, Industry is like a raging fire in the Rain Forest.
  • metaphor, The Rain Forest is a panting victim within the brush and haze. (panting also creates personification since a forest does not pant)
  • hyperbole, Activists ferociously battle against the bully.
  • repetition, Greed feeds destruction, greed seeds destruction and greed leads destruction.
  • rhetorical question, How small will the Rain Forest become before Industry leaves its prey?

Evaluating VOICE & TONE - Look for emphasis with precision words. Always remember your audience, genre and purpose when evaluating voice. Look for vague words and replace them with effective synonyms. You want your reader to CONNECT with your perspective and knowledge. You will want to analyze whether you are providing engaging and clear informative examples. In other words, deliver and support. Don't have a sink or swim attitude when writing. Guide and support your reader through your text.

Tone Tips - What IS tone? Tone is the author's attitude. Remember the saying, "watch your tone!". The same holds true with your writing and delivery. If you are writing informative text (emphasis on INFORMATIVE) on say - The Nesting Characteristics of Bowerbirds - the reader doesn't really want to hear your irrelevant and possibly snooty connotations. However, if you are advocating the - Protection of Bowerbirds - you are allowed to deliver a bit more tone. Respectfully of course.

Voice & Tone References

Writing conventions

You will want to reread and seek out any required corrections for grammar conventions.

  1. Grammar - Are pronouns used correctly? Are verbs used in the appropriate tense? Past or present? Are conjunctions appropriate?
  2. Mechanics - Evaluate commas, semi-colons and punctuation. Are spacings correct between sentences and paragraphs? Did I accidentally apply double punctuation marks? Did I accidentally double space? Are quotation marks used appropriately?
  3. Spelling - Unfortunately, you cannot always trust spell check. Spell check will not pick up things like "her" instead of "here" - "an" instead of "and". You might have accidentally written "their" instead of "there" or "they're".

Regardless, read and reread your text with a discerning and critical eye. You wouldn't want to leave the house with your slip showing, your zipper down or with toilet paper stuck to your shoe. So groom your text and fix your flaws.

Format and design

Once you have edited and revised you will almost have finalized your hard work. Now it is time to think of presentation. Consider and evaluate headings, subtitles and images for your work.

  • Which areas do you want to emphasize?
  • Which headings would provide an effective road-map for the reader? Are headings clear and relevant?
  • Which graphics clearly depict your point? Are the images clean, clear and effective? Do the images support the text or do they confuse your reader? Are images clearly cited with the source? Need photos? Try - Free Photo Websites for Blogs and Hubs
  • Do paragraphs cascade clearly yet freely from one to the next?
  • Check what you have underlined, italicized and placed in bold. Are these used consistently across your text? If your use of font elements are not consistent you might confuse your reader and thus create a not so credible vibe.


It is finally time to deliver your bundle of joy - figuratively speaking of course.

All your research, planning and drafting, editing and revising, formatting and applying graphics have been carefully cultivated into a beautifully written product. Now is that lovely moment of feeling accomplished and clicking that long anticipated publish button. I hate to halt your anticipation, but this is the time to think of yourself as an online marketing guru. What good is all your work if no one reads it? Here are some things to consider...

  • tags - make sure to apply effective tags. Tags should be related to your topic. Many sites including HubPages offers tag suggestions. Remember, tags directly affect search engine visibility. Use your main idea and supporting details when applying tags. Simply reduce them into keywords.
  • when to publish - this issue can be a bit trivial, but worthy of mention. Try to publish your work during busy reading times. Think of the 9 to 5 employee. You will want to consider when they might log in to your respective sites - before 9 and after 5. Therefore, publish your work at those times. You might want to avoid publishing between midnight and 6am. You'll notice MANY using those times to accumulate followers on HubPages and your publication might get pushed down in the newsfeed.
  • marketing - you know the ol' real estate quote? "Location Location Location". The same holds for your marketing techniques with online writing, but you can also add, "LINK LINK LINK".

Locations for sending links - Twitter, your personal Blogs, Facebook Pages, Email and even through texting. Keep an eye out for emerging social media options, this area is constantly evolving. Get your links out and develop a support team that will help promote your work. The ol' adage, "scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" holds very true in the world of online writing. Promote your online writing buddies with enthusiasm and vigor and they shall do the same for you. Camaraderie is essential to mutual success.

Get Set, Go!!!


Questions & Answers

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 3 years ago from Texas

        aesta1, thank you! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it and found it to be informative.

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        Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Awesome. Enjoyed reading your very informative and well written hub.

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        i don't really understand about SEO but many said it will help to increase your traffic.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

        ResearchBeast, wow! What a wonderful compliment! I thoroughly agree with you, we as writers need to be more vigilant and critical of our information. Plus, readers need to learn to discern fact from opinion. I truly appreciate your comment and your shares. I look forward to locating your Kindle book. Continued best wishes to you, cheers!

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        Online Research Beast 4 years ago

        This really is well thought out. I love how you tied together so well the concepts of research and writing. My personal belief is that the internet would be a better place if people were more critical of the information they read. And that responsibility falls partially on writers. So by extension writers need to know how to properly research. I covered these very topics in my Kindle book.

        I am going to include this as a write on my OnlineResearchBeast Facebook page.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

        Marsha Musselmann, hi there! My apologies for my late response, your comment completely slipped past me, please know I greatly appreciate your comment. Yes, the headers in this hub are an example of what I discussed in my other hub. I'm glad you liked them. Thanks again for reading, commenting and stopping by.

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        Marsha Musselman 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

        Excellent hub, I came here looking for examples on your headers and such. Was the calligraphy section headings an example of what you put together in the powerpoint example on another hub? Nice job. I'll have to check that out more and also the examples of sections of this hub as well.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

        SidKemp, no, thank you for such a wonderful compliment. I am humbled by your opinion.

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        I think I will read this article every day for a while. So many answers to questions I had about writing,so many.

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        There's so much great information here, I'm bookmarking this one for future reference. Voted up and shared.

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        Thanks, MissOlive, for an excellent reference guide. I've been writing for 45 years, know most of it and teach it. And I can say that it is an excellent reference that everyone should use!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

        Hello Kathryn, thank you very much. This is a lengthy hub and I am honored you will be back to read through it. I hope you find something useful. Online research writing is actually my favorite type of writing and I wanted to offer what I could to help others do the same. Thanks again for stopping by.

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        This hub has a lot of information in it, and looks great! I am bookmarking this, so I can read it more in depth later on. It has a lot of information that is useful to me! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

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        Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

        The flood of comments itself shows that how significant your hub is. Truly you have explained well. Informative and educational and useful for hubbers like me. Thankfully appreciate your efforts. Voted up with pleasure.

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        beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

        Wow! I love your hubs! Thanks for the inspiration, missolive!

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        Miss olive;

        Definitely another gem to Stowe away in the literary treasure trove! Your endless enthusiasm for the written word, in terms of research& other types of writing is without doubt priceless!

        At least in my eyes and I'm sure the many other of your writing colleagues, who will definitely find this jam packed article one to go back to - time after time after time.

        A great read, which I found not only very interesting. But equally useful and I couldn't help to vote this article up as well. It's always a pleasure to read your work!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

        adrienne2, you are more than welcome :)

        DDE, Thank you! You are very welcome, glad to share.

        Rusticliving, Lisa! Thank you so very much for stopping by to read and leave such a wonderfully supportive comment. I appreciate your shares and votes, it is always a pleasure to see you. Take care.

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        Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

        This is an amazing hub! What a wealth of information. The layout is fabulous and so easy to follow. You have really outdone yourself on this one Marisa. With all those comments left prior to mine, no doubt this hub has been greatly shared.. but I want to contribute to the cause.. this hub needs to be shared all the time! Thumbs up and.... SHARED! ♥

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        Wow!! Such a helpful Hub thanks very much for this Information

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        Thank you darling! Keep on hubbing : )

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

        adrienne2, See?! You did it! woot woot! You and your 'hubativity' ROCK!!! :)

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        Heyyyy!!! YOU ROCK, that was so easy. I almost have it the way I want it. I just love creativity, and hubpages : )

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

        adrienne2, you made my day and I am smiling from ear to ear! Here is the short version: Make a slide on Power Point with your favorite pictures or words and save the slide as a picture. Then upload it as your background :)

        Let me know if you have questions. Thanks so very much for reading and commenting. You have always been so supportive and you are an awesome writer.

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        Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

        Hi missolive, ok here I am back on this article. I was looking at your profile, you still remain to be my hero here on hubpages. Have you written a hub on how you create your profile background? You are one talented young lady. If you have not written a hub on how to create a personalized background, could you toss it in your hat of topics to write? Thanks mssolive!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

        tjdavis, thanks again.

        KDuBarryon, Thanks you so very much. Hey, I'm a free-writer too at times. It is the research based stuff that throws a few speed-bumps in for me. Thanks for the votes and shares.

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        You definitely provide great information here. Although I'm more of a gardener type of writer (I write as I go, I can't work with plans), your planning ideas are a great way to start for many other writers. Voted up and shared!

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        Teresa Davis 5 years ago from Moscow, Texas

        Thanks missolive for your response. I have so much enjoyed reading your hubs and am implementing the things I have learned as we speak.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

        tjdavis, thank you! Yes, this hub is a long one and I did pack quite a bit in here. I was going to break it up into several hubs and then changed my mind. Thank you for your votes. Also, I appreciate you reading and writing. Best wishes to you on all your online writing endeavors and thanks for the follow.

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        Teresa Davis 5 years ago from Moscow, Texas

        Great informative hub..thanks for all the info but, I am now a little overwhelmed. You game me so many things to look up and read and try out lol. I voted you up for interesting and useful!!!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

        nancynurse, Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I appreciate you stopping by to read. Best wishes to you.

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        Nancy McClintock 5 years ago from Southeast USA

        This is great. It is concise and very user friendly . You had walked us through how to be better writers.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

        kelleyward,You are quite welcome... Yay! for cloudexplorer - great hubber! You know the ol' saying - too legit to quit! I'm pleased you have found this resourceful. I appreciate your sharing and votes. Thanks again Kelley.

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        Missolive I just found this amazing hub from cloudexplorers profile page... You have introduced me to many new resources for making sure the content I provide is legitimate. Thanks so much! Voted up and shared! Take care, Kelley

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

        Cathleena Beams, That is a wonderful compliment. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I'm happy you also enjoyed the hub and have found it useful. As always Cathleena, I'm very glad to share. Thanks again. :)

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        Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

        This hub was one of the ones recommended as the "Best Hub Ever" in the Questions and Answers section. I can see why. Excellent resource, writing tips, and wisdom for us to apply as we continue to create our hub pages. Thank you for sharing your experience and helping others to succeed beside you. Carry on my awe inspiring Texas friend, Miss Olive.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

        Hi Chin chin! You are so sweet! You are welcome back anytime - thanks for doing so and for commenting - again :)

        We can learn plenty of things from you - I enjoy your work

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        Chin chin 5 years ago from Philippines

        Read this hub for the second time and I really am glad having done so. Still learning a lot. Thanks.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        Victoria Lynn - Hi Vicki! Thank you so much for your awesome comment - wow! Citing is so important especially for online writing or academia. Thanks for your votes and for sharing.

        cclitgirl - Hi Cyndi! You are so sweet! I appreciate you coming by to read, comment and share.

        Thanks ladies! :)

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        Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

        Fabulous hub with a fantastic layout. Your tips and tricks here will help EVERY writer, both online and off. You have created a gold nugget in terms of advice and information. Bravo! Votes and shares.

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        Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        You're so smart, MissO! What an attractive, well put together hub. It covers everything. You explained things so well. It is so hard for my students in English Comp to get that they still have to cite sources when they paraphrase. You explained it so well. Many votes, my friend! Sharing!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        Iamaudraleigh - Thank you so much! I appreciate your wonderful comment, votes and sharing. Have a wonderful day.

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        iamaudraleigh 6 years ago

        Olive, you have written a great hub of the day!!! I will use this great informative hub!!! Shared it and voted up! Brilliant!!!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        Ant Lady - thank you very much, I'm glad to hear this has been helpful and encouraging. Best wishes on your endeavors.

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        Ant Lady 6 years ago from Philippines

        Wonderful and brilliant hub. It encourage me to pursue my new field of writing. It's really a great help.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        molometer - I'm glad you have bookmarked this. Yes, I did cover quite a bit and I was concerned about the length, but I believe everything in here needs to be taken into consideration. I am happy you have stopped by and I greatly appreciate your support, votes and your wonderful SHARES :)

        wmhseo - thank you. I'm thrilled that you have found this to be helpful. Best wishes on your online writing endeavors

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        CloudExplorer - I did check out your profile and I have to thank you for including me. Your comment here warmed me to no end. I did work very hard on this hub and there was so much I wanted to fit in. I thoroughly appreciate your acknowledgement. I'm looking forward to reading your work.

        Thank you for your support :)

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        wmhseo 6 years ago from Canada

        Thank you very much for posting an article tips and tricks in Online Research Writing this would help me a lot to improve my writing skills.

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        molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

        Hello Marisa,

        You really have covered just about all the bases here, and then some.

        Bookmarked of course for future reference. There is such a wealth of top notch information here. Good leads to other writing outlets too.

        The eBay idea is definitely worth checking out.

        The research sites you mentioned are excellent sources of information.

        Voted up useful and interesting SHARING

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        Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

        I had to do it MissOlive check out my profile if you have the time, my sincere thanks for being a true bonafide & authentic author. Your words here travel much further than you can imagine, uplifting us all to write better. Written with talent, grace, and literary potency, people wouldn't know it was a person who constructed it, but yes its you.

        Congratulations on such a note worthy accomplishment & for delivering such a powerful message here earning you hub of the day.

        I have no choice but to make this my favorite hub ever, that I've read. My very profile makes such a truth known to those who traffic it, and it has been posted for about 2 weeks now, just figured you might wanna know. The acknowledgment of such, shall remain until another persons hub becomes my most favorite.

        You have definitely raised the bar, and standard here on hubpages, which will be tough to measure up too for us all. Awesome stuff!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        Made, thank you for returning and bookmarking. I appreciate that.

        mary 615, I'm happy to share my info with you. Thank you for bookmarking.

        fayyasbabu, thank you

        Scribenet, thank you!

        Marie-Renee, what a lovely comment. I'm glad to share with you. I appreciate you votes and bookmark

        B. Leekley, Thank you for the bookmark.

        Friends, my apologies if my response appears late. I do remember commenting about a week ago, but I must of not clicked 'post comment' and it did not appear. I do appreciate all of you for reading and taking the time to comment. :)

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        Madeleine Salin 6 years ago from Finland

        I already commented on this hub, but I need to come back to and bookmark it. It's outstanding!

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        Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

        I, too, have bookmarked this Hub. You are an excellent teacher~ Thanks for all this info.

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        fayyasbabu 6 years ago

        Thank you very much for saying so..

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        Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Awesome and informative!

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        Renee 6 years ago

        Wow, truly well written and worth bookmarking for reference. Very informative and useful for us newbies. Thank you for taking the time to write this in detail and for sharing this with us.

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        Brian Leekley 6 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

        I bookmarked this hub.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        Chin chin - thank you! I'm glad to meet you and I am very happy we are now following each other. I look forward to reading your work as well.

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        Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

        This is a wonderful hub, Missolive. I'm bookmarking it. Also, I will surely come back and read those hubs you cited which I really find interesting. Have a nice day.

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        vvaleed 6 years ago

        well, Missolive you've always proved to be a very useful and true-guided hubber especially for the beginners like me! within such a short span of time in hubpages you've managed to teach hubpages tips so much so that it seems to me that you have spent half of your life in hubpages but in fact it's only couple of months of journey!! Top-notch hub!

        in this hub yet again you have pointed out some important points regarding academic search engines which was entirely new to me...thanks alot!!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        Audry - Thank you for reading, commenting and bookmarking. Tone and chronological order are important elements - thank you for the acknowledgement.

        Gary - Hello and thank you. Very glad to hear this hub is informative and worthy of a bookmark. To know this hub was an inspiration leaves me honored - thanks again

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        Gary Rowell 6 years ago from Florida,USA

        Very informative! Will be in my bookmarks.Your hub is inspirational to me as a fellow hubber.

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        Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

        What a great hub! I bookmarked it for future reference. I really like that you speak to the issues of organization and planning with attention to tone and logical progression in the writing.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        sgbrown - thank you so much for your great complement - I greatly appreciate it

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        sgbrown 6 years ago

        Incredible article! You are obviously very knowledgeable in this field. Someone I will refer back to often.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        The Marker -

        What an incredible complement and comment. I am thrilled to know you have been inspired. I look forward to reading your work and comments. Continued best wishes to you and WELCOME BACK! :)

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        The Marker 6 years ago

        Hi missolive!

        I have been writing articles for blogs and products for two years now. I am learning continuously while doing it.

        But you know what? I have learned a lot today after reading this article of yours in full. You really helped and inspire me now which is why I have decided to be active here in hubpages.com again.

        Thanks a lot!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        rebeccamealey - Welcome to HubPages! Glad to help!

        Lizzie Ann - Welcome to HubPages as well! You are very welcome.

        To the two of you, I look forward to reading your forthcoming hubs. Best wishes on HubPages.

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        Lizzie Ann 6 years ago

        Great Hub, I am really enjoying and learning a lot from reading it. I am a new Hubber too, and looking forward to getting started here with some hopefully awesome content. Thank you for the time and energy you put into this beautiful hub.

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        Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        I am a Newbie Hubber and I believe your tips are going to be very helpful in some future "stuff" I have planned. Thanks missolive

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        Made - What a great complement - thank you! Glad you like the layout :)

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        Madeleine Salin 6 years ago from Finland

        I think every member on HubPages can learn something from this hub. I love the layout as well. :)

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        Barbara Kay - Glad to follow your hubs too! Happy you didn't pass me up and that you have saved the link. It is a lot of info, but there was so much I wanted to share :)

        writingfrosh - Thank you for mentioning the layout and for your complements. I enjoyed publishing this. I look forward to following your hubs as well. :)

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        writingfrosh 6 years ago from Philippines

        Thanks for publishing a very informative hub! It has a nice lay-out too. Congratulations!

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        Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

        I'm saving the link to this hub. I almost passed it up and was thrilled to find so much information. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas



        Ecury Tanaka


        Thelma Alberts


        Thank you very much for your wonderful comments and support. I'm thrilled to know you find my hub informative and useful. I'm truly glad to share my knowledge as an educator and fellow hubber - Peace!

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        kesineel 6 years ago

        it's very good hub, nice format and information. Vote up!!

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        Ecury Tanaka 6 years ago

        Excellent! Really an informative hub!

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        Deng Xiang 6 years ago

        This is a novel and striking example of how a hub should be like. I can see your painstaking efforts into making this a recognized hub. You gave me the stimulus to publish great hubs just like yours. Good job!

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        Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

        Wow! Awesome! Congratulation for the hub of the day. This is a very informative hub. Thanks for sharing.

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        disujaalbart 6 years ago from california

        Great Hub !!!!!

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        Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

        Congratulations for the Hub of the Day recognition, well deserved for what is truly a very relevant hub. Aside form being well written, this is very informative, extensive and very useful for us other writers here. Definitely one for being bookmarked. Thank you, your tips and advise are a great help to me and I am sure to the Hub Pages community as well.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas




        Sinea Pies



        Thank you to each and every one of you for reading and commenting. I am truly appreciative. I'm happy to make new friends here on HP. Sinea and asmaiftikhar it is always a treat when you comment - thank you.

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        asmaiftikhar 6 years ago from Pakistan

        congrats miss olive for the hub of day.keep it up!

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        Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

        COngratulations, Missolive, on being Hub of the Day! This hub is truly worthy of the honor. I already bookmarked it for my "reference library".

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        quester.ltd 6 years ago

        well done - thanks for the reminders


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        Christopher P 6 years ago from Estonia

        Congrats, I bookmarked it for future reference to help me do future research works. thanks!

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        Adrienne F Manson 6 years ago from Atlanta

        Holy Smokes what a wealth of information! The google scholar search engine I was totally unaware of this. I have bookmarked, and will be checking out the other links you suggested. Selling our writing services on Ebay I would have never thought of that one. Incredible hub! Thank you for a goldmine of a read.

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        Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

        Much of this is what I learned in college but before computers were used.Good reminder plus much new information.

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        GD Nunes




        the jeffriestube

        Tracy Lyn Conway

        I can't thank each of you enough for coming by to comment and show your support., but THANK YOU! I am truly grateful.

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        Susan Keeping 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

        This is a great hub. All writers and students should bookmark this.

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        Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

        This is a really great hub! Definitely deserving of hub of the day! Congratulations! I am pleased to be your follower, and looking forward to many more. Bookmarking and voting up and across.

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        Tracy Lynn Conway 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

        Fabulous hub! I am voting up, awesome and will bookmark it too.

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        Dave 6 years ago from United States

        Great Hub! This should be bookmarked and useful to every Hubber out there. And congrats on your selection. Couldn't have happened to a nicer person!

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        FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

        Congratulations on being chosen Hub of the day

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        Glen Nunes 6 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

        This is one of the best articles I've read on researching and writing. I've picked up some good tips. You definitely deserve Hub of the Day for this one. Congratulations. Voted up!

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        Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

        kimh39 - LOL A check?! Wow! Thank you so much for your awesome comment and complement! I think it's cool that you do mapping in your head. Glad you are bookmarking for the links. I have many favs, but I use Copyscape the most.

        hallei - WELCOME to hubpages! I'm sure you will do fine here - great camaraderie. I look forward to reading your hubs! Thank you for reading and commenting.

        DzyMeLizzy - THANK you! I'm glad to know you have bookmarked my site. Always honored to have veteran hubbers visit my hubs.

        JSMatthew - THANK YOU! You are incredible in creating traffic - did you know that? Glad to plug your hub and to have you come by again to comment. Continued best wishes to you!

        Millionaire Tips - Thank you and I'm glad you like my bling! lol Glad to have spotted you on my Bling my Hub hub as well :)

        irvinetraveler - Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate you acknowledging my efforts.

        shea duane - thank you and it was my pleasure

        I am BEYOND thrilled with today's events - THANK YOU!

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        Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

        Congrats on Hub of the Day. Great informative hub, properly blinged.

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        JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Congrats on the Hub of the Day, missolive! You definitely earned it and your hard work paid off! Once again, thanks for the plug! Keep up the great work!


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        Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

        Definitely bookmarked! I'll be back several times to refer to this one. Congratulations on Hub of the Day!