A: You are here
B: The beginning of the internet
C: The last decade
I’ve heard that some people use Microsoft Word to type out their articles, why?
Word is just a tool, it’s up to you to decide which tools you want to use. If you want to write your article in Word then go for it, but first ask yourself if it is the best tool for the job. This is an important decision because you will have to spend time on learning how to use your tools, so it pays off to choose the right tool from the start.
Just type it out with your keyboard, doesn’t that take ages?
No it doesn’t, if you are writing an article without pictures or tables this will take you less than 10 minutes. And once you’ve done that, you can delete all the text and move on to the next one. Writing with your keyboard is one of the fastest methods available. If you want to know more about how fast you can write with your keyboard check out this article by Jan Roosendaal. He writes about 250 words per minute (wpm) with his keyboard. That means he can write about 2 articles per hour. For comparison I’m typing this article with my keyboard at 37 wpm, which is about the same speed as writing with pen and paper.
How do you create an outline structure?
There are many different ways to create outlines. The two most popular methods are using Roman numerals and using letters. Roman numerals are used in most European languages, while letters are used in English and other languages like Spanish and Arabic. Both systems have advantages and disadvantages. Roman numerals are more structured than letters, but letters give more flexibility than Roman numerals. Some ways of creating Roman numerals are built into Microsoft Word, which makes it easy to switch between Roman numerals and normal text. There are also tools available online that help you build a structure for a document.
Let’s look at a few examples of how to use letters and Roman numerals to create an outline structure:
LETTERS: A – B – C – D – E – F – G – H – I – J – K – L – M – N – O – P – Q – R – S – T – U – V – W – X – Y – Z
ROMAN NUMERALS: I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII - IX - X - XI - XII - XIII - XIV - XV - XVI - XVII - XVIII - XIX - XX - XXI - XXII - XXIII
This is a good tool if you want to write a book or something similar, since it’s very structured. It also works well for articles, but it takes quite a bit of time to set up everything correctly. It’s a good idea to look at what other students have done, so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel by yourself.
This way of creating outlines is similar to lettering, except you use numbers instead of letters. It takes less time to set up this outline structure and it’s easier to read and understand than lettering. Numerical outlines like this can be found in most word processors that support outlines. This is a good solution if you want to quickly create an outline structure that is easy to use and easy to understand. The biggest disadvantage of using numericals is that it’s hard to know where each paragraph starts without looking at the number next to it. And if you’re using a word processor like Microsoft Word, then you need to format all the paragraphs manually after inserting them into your document. So if you want to make sure your outline structure looks perfect you might want to consider using letters instead of numbers.