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Research Paper Tips

Tips on Writing a Research Paper

Select a topic.

Narrow your topic to a workable thesis.

Go to the library and schedule a Research Paper Consultation for help in finding resources.

Prepare a working bibliography or source cards. Ask your instructor if he or she prefers the Modern Language Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Prepare a working outline

Begin reading and taking notes

Write a final outline and a clearly defined thesis

Write the first draft on the computer with footnotes, endnotes, or in-text documentation

Revise paper and proofread carefully several times. Type copy and proofread at intervals as you did previously.

Arrange source cards in alphabetical order and complete the Works Cited/Works Consulted (MLA) or references (APA) page(s).

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