While I often find opinionated articles, I will harken back to the memory of writer Harlan Ellison (who passed away recently) who once said “We are not entitled to our opinions. We are entitled to our INFORMED opinions.” That was why I thought it would be important to write about how to write an article that is deeply integrated with information that can provide credence to the topic being written.

One of the ways of integrating that information is by referencing sources. If they are available online, then they usually come in the form of articles, either on a news site or a scholarly website; or videos on sites such as YouTube or Vimeo. An important rule I learned even before I became an English major was to always keep in mind WHERE I get my information. Which is why I never use Wikipedia as a source, because anyone can edit the information.

I recommend using Google Scholar and specify which types of websites you want to search for. I would recommend finding other sources at websites with a .edu at the end (since this would mean it belongs to an academic institution) and websites of museums (since museums are among the most trusted forms of information).

Sometimes those links might be dead or redirected to another webpage, so I would suggest updating them when you are given the chance. If you are referencing a scholarly article and cannot hyperlink the very text itself, you can instead hyperlink the abstract page which can be found in JSTOR, ProQuest, or any other scholarly website.

Since writing an internet article is very different from writing an essay, it is not incumbent to use MLA format. All you really need to do is hyperlink your sources. The hyperlink function is found in the bar in every Post Editor on Muse. It is the one that has brackets with a hyphen in the middle, just like this.

Perhaps you have sources that are in print form, such as a book. I would suggest either linking the Worldcat catalog page or the Amazon page.

The reason why this information is important is that you might be looking for more tangible proofs of your argument, such as statistics, quotations, and the overall facts. One thing you will notice so far is that I have hyperlinked videos and articles throughout this article. This makes it clear that I used that information and that I am not just saying all of this out of thin air.

If you are a university student, you are given access to your university library’s database, so please use it to your advantage by accessing scholarly articles. I would also recommend that you not get rid of your textbooks, rather you use them as sources alongside those articles. Your coursework is not as worthless as you think.

I will conclude by saying that because I was able to research and write about so many topics, I never failed to have writer’s block on Odyssey because article ideas are not always internal but all around you. It is a point I keep making in my articles about coming up with article ideas. This method of article-writing is merely a way to provide a more in-depth analysis of your topics with the assistance of professionals who are experts in them, and it can push your limitations into interests you may have had.

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