Research Paper Tips

Tips on Writing a Research Paper

1. Select a topic.

2. Narrow your topic to a workable thesis.

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

4. 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.

5. Prepare a working outline

    Begin by reading and taking notes

6. Write a final outline and a clearly defined thesis

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

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

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