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.
- APA - American Psychological Association
- MLA - See MLA Style, then Frequently Asked Questions
- MLA - Capital Community College
- MLA and APA - Purdue University
- MLA and APA - University of Wisconsin
- MLA, APA and Chicago Manual of Style/Turabian - Long Island University
- Chicago Manual of Style/Turabian
- Chicago Manual 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).