How many times can you write argued... suggested...discussed in 100000 words without seeming boringly repetitive? Having a list of verbs in alphabetical order has meant I can browse quickly when stumped and either find the 'right' verb or a different thoughtline might be suggested. I wish I'd done it sooner and of course, surfing a bit I came across a couple of useful websites. Here's a ready-made list. Ron Dorn has some good tips on writing papers and a couple of useful tables of active verbs that describe work and phenomena.