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Occupational Safety and Health: Start Here

This guide will lead you to the professional and academic resources available through the CCBC library.

CCBC's hub for Occupational Safety and Health research

This site is designed to support your efforts in research and academic writing using industry and local, state, and national standards, scholarly writing in safety and health, and professional magazines specific to workplace health risk and safety managers, auditors, inspectors, and consultants. OSHT professionals communicate through these channels and awareness of these websites, magazines, journals, and books will serve you well in your school work and on the job. This guide walks you through the steps of producing college-level writing in your field.

So you've been assigned a paper...

Rules are made to be broken, but this tip can help you visualize a paper's length to estimate how many ideas you need to write your paper. This is just a suggestion - sometimes ideas take many paragraphs to describe.

In MLA formatting, 250 words =  about 1 page. The sample below is for a 1200 page paper, or 5 pages. 


Do preliminary research before even thinking about an outline. You know to start where you're comfortable - Google. See what's out there and if your argument can be backed up. Make sure you have enough to work with!

Always collect more resources than you are required. Odds are, some will just not work out or will not be relevant enough to your argument. 

Email yourself an article once you skim the abstract or first paragraph and it still looks good.

Research % Breakdown

How Much Time Will This Take?

Academic searching, reading, and writing (and editing) takes more time than texting your friends. There will be bumps along the way - contact a librarian and/or your professor if these bumps get too big. For a five page essay that requires use of 3-5 sources, plan on using at least two weeks. Everyone procrastinates - you have to learn your own style. 

These links will help you come up with ideas on how the paper process will go.