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Writing Research Papers: Overview

A guide to assist with writing a research paper.

Steps for Writing a Paper

Here is one way to break down the assignment.

1.  Read your assignment. What is expected?

2.  Pick a topic.

3.  Write your Thesis Statement.  

 4.  Find your information sources. More than what is required is better. You can always eliminate sources.

5.  Possibly revise your Thesis Statement.                           

6.  Write an Outline.

7.  Review your sources for supporting quotes and paraphrased information. Write note cards.

8.   Create References page.

9.  Write a draft.

10.  Edit draft and spell check.

11.  Ask someone to proof-read your paper.

12.  Revise and complete. Yes it is finished!!



Research Paper Process

These links further discuss the research paper process.

Assignment Research Calculators

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Books & Videos

Check the following call number areas for this topic:

LB 2369

PE 1480