This program is essentially an e-book that offers strategy and guidelines for putting together cohesive and persuasive research papers. Each of the nine main composition steps is divided into chapters that address specific issues, such as library tips and types of introductions and conclusions. While the advice given is essentially complete and useful, the presentation leaves a bit to be desired. The e-book font and background colors and designs can be garish and hard to read, although it helps that the built-in HTML viewer lets you resize the text with the Font button. The poor-quality icons lend the whole document somewhat of an amateur feel. The two-day trial period is only long enough to allow you to make a few notes in the virtual margins, not really dig into the process. As a step-by-step textbook Writing Smart Papers can be a useful tool, but a more professional design and trial period would make it better.
What's new in version 2.0
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedMay 1, 2001
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows, Windows NT
Writing Smart Papers leads students step-by-step through the writing process with examples, illustrations, and explanations of all the skills required for research papers. Writing Smart Papers provides a search engine, grids, checklists, information banks, and many tools for students to reuse over their entire educational careers. Tools also serve as instructional materials for teachers and librarians.