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Bibliography

So why do you have to include a bibliography or a works cited page in your paper? It’s mainly for the benefit of your reader (in many cases, your teacher). He or she wants to see what or who your sources are and where you got your information. If you don’t list other sources, you are saying that you made up every bit of information or any quotation you used in your paper. Which is not often true! All types of writers use bibliographies. If you pick up a professionally-written book, you’ll often find a list of works cited in the back of the book. Not only is the author being honest in telling readers what other sources he or she used, but it’s also helpful for readers if they want to continue learning about the topic. For example, if you are writing a paper on the French Revolution, and you find a really good book to use as a source, look at the bibliography and see what other books might be good to use. One good source can list other good sources, so you’ll know where to go next!

Curriculum Vitae

If you need to create a curriculum vitae (which can also be called a “cv”) you basically need to make a more in-depth version of a resume. The term “curriculum vitae” is Latin and it literally means “course of life”- people who ask to see your curriculum vitae want to see what you’ve accomplished in your life! In comparison to a resume, the curriculum vitae is generally longer, as you want to include more information besides your work and educational background. All the resume information should be there- contact information, schools attended, past jobs, etc. For academic curriculum vitae, you should include papers you have presented or published, professional memberships, other languages that you speak/read/write, and any awards or honors you have earned. For professional curriculum vitae, you would also want to include special projects you’ve worked on or managed. Be as specific as possible; that way, your reader can get to know your “course of life”!

Audience

When it comes to writing papers, it is important to always consider your audience. You may have even heard your teachers say this! What exactly do we mean by “audience”? Well, your audience is basically anyone who is reading your paper. If you send your paper to your teacher, then your teacher is your “audience.” You should consider your audience when writing your paper because it can help you make a stronger argument. For example, if you need to write about a certain novel, you need to ask yourself (or ask your teacher): does my audience know the plot of this book? Yes or no, this will affect how you write your paper. Know and understand who you are writing for; this will make the process easier on you!