Jennifer Wilber is an author and freelance writer from Ohio. She holds a B.A. in creative writing and English.
Get More Use Out of Your College Papers and Make Extra Money
If you’re a recent college graduate, you probably have numerous research papers and other writing assignments sitting on your hard drive collecting dust. Now that you are finished with school, you will likely never look at these papers again and may be tempted to delete them to save room on your computer. But what if you could find a use for these papers and possibly even make a little extra pocket money to put toward your student loans?
Though most HubPages writers are excited to write new and interesting articles for their readers, you may want to consider turning your old college papers and reports into articles as well. If you took creative writing classes in college, you may even consider using short stories or poetry that you wrote as part of college assignments as material for creating new articles.
The Benefits of Creating Articles From Your Old College Papers
The main benefit of using your old college papers and reports to make HubPages articles is that you can quickly create a new article with minimum effort. Since the writing is already done, you have already done most of the work. You only need to format the article into multiple HubPages-friendly capsules, find or create relevant images, and possibly update the information in your paper if new information on the topic has been made available since you first wrote the paper.
Depending on the topic of your paper, you may find that these articles become some of your best-performing ones. Current college students will be given similar assignments and will be researching the same topics, so your article will show up in their search results, giving you more traffic. Certain topics are covered in many different college courses, so you are sure to see more traffic to your articles every semester.
If you are still paying off student loans, this is a great way to earn extra money to put toward your loans using work that you already did while in school. It also gives you more published work that you can reference in your online writing portfolio to easily share with others, such as potential employers or clients.
Which Papers Should I Use?
Deciding which papers you want to publish on HubPages is really up to you. You can publish all of your papers and see which do the best for you, or you can simply choose a few of your favorites. If you have papers on topics that are commonly assigned, you may want to try these, as there will be more students searching for these topics. If you wrote any papers on obscure topics, you might want to try these as well, as there will be less competition from other articles when someone does search for that particular topic.
If you have a lot of short stories or poetry, you may also want to publish these if you haven’t already published them elsewhere. Though creative writing articles aren’t usually as popular with HubPages readers as other topics, it doesn’t hurt to get your writing out there. By publishing it on this type of platform, you can earn a little bit of money whenever you share your work with friends, family, or social media followers.
Focus on Your Most Recent Work
It is usually best to use your most recent work. You probably won’t want to use papers you wrote way back in high school, unless you are willing to rewrite them (assuming your writing style has improved since high school). For this same reason, you also may not wish to publish college papers if you graduated more than a decade ago, as your writing style may have changed or improved since then, or your research may have become too dated for you to want to bother updating the papers. However, it is really up to you to decide which of your papers you want to publish.
How to Turn Your College Papers Into Articles for HubPages
Once you select which papers, stories, or other writing you want to convert into an article, you will need to edit and format it to be more internet-friendly.
1. Proofread Your Paper
The first thing to do is proofread your paper to make sure it is the best it can be. You likely already proofread it before submitting it to your professor, so this step should be easy. If you saved any feedback you received from your professor, now is the time to incorporate these suggestions into the paper.
2. Add or Change Information as Needed
Next, you should decide if you need to add or change any of the information presented in your paper. Depending upon the topic and how old the paper is, you may need to edit it to reflect new information about the topic. For example, one of my papers that I wanted to publish as a HubPages article was about the role of women in Viking society. Though the paper was only about a year old, I remembered seeing recent articles about an archaeological discovery that shed new light on the subject, so I had to edit my paper to reflect this new research before publishing it on HubPages.
3. Divide the Paper Into Small Sections With Headers
Once your paper is up-to-date, divide it into smaller sections with headings, if it isn’t already divided into smaller sections. Each of these sections will become separate capsules when you copy it to HubPages. Try to keep each section only a few paragraphs long and title each section with a concise, search-friendly heading so that readers can easily find the information they are looking for in your article.
People reading articles online tend to have short attention spans and are looking to get answers to their search query quickly. Breaking your article into smaller sections also gives HubPages more places to display advertisements in your article. Make sure to include a “works cited” or “sources” capsule at the end of your article.
4. Add Relevant Images
Finally, copy your text to a new HubPages article. Add plenty of relevant images. If the article is on a historical figure, classical art, etc., you will likely find plenty of excellent images to illustrate your work on Wikimedia Commons. Pexels and Pixabay are also good sources for free images for commercial use. Be sure to properly credit any images you use.
To summarize, you can create a HubPages article from your old college papers by following these simple steps:
- Proofread your selected paper.
- Edit as needed.
- Divide the paper into smaller sections with search-friendly headings.
- Add relevant images to enhance your article.
Your old papers aren’t doing anything to help you or your readers if you leave them sitting on your hard drive. You might as well publish them on HubPages to put them to work and earn a little extra income to put toward your student loans or to use as extra spending money. The information contained in your papers could be useful to future students, so why not make it available online via HubPages and earn some extra cash from your efforts?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2018 Jennifer Wilber
Jennifer Wilber (author) from Cleveland, Ohio on February 07, 2018:
Thanks! It wouldn't hurt to try to publish your short stories here. A lot of Hubbers say not to bother with short stories on HubPages, but I get some views and comments on the few that I've published here.
Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on February 07, 2018:
Excellent suggestion, Jennifer. And your mentioning that you've done it yourself and giving an example shows that the notion works and how to do it.
I graduated more than 50 years ago, so I doubt if I still have any papers that I wrote for college professors. I do have some of the short stories that I wrote in college. Maybe I'll turn them into hubs.