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Writing a Research Paper

How this Guide Can Help You

Researching and writing a paper can be exciting, maddening, overwhelming, and mind-changing, whether you're a first-year undergraduate or an experienced researcher. Use this guide to help you with the various stages of the writing process, from understanding your assignment to how to properly cite your sources. Click the buttons below or the tabs on the sidebar to navigate to your resource of choice.

Understanding the assignment Need to get a handle on what your professor is asking you to do?

exploratory research Looking to explore your topic and define your research question?

Going deeper into article databases Want to refine your searching skills and explore the databases available to you?

Finding other information sources Looking for books, data, or resources on the open internet?

Reading and evaluating sources Want to know how to evaluate a source for credibility?

Incorporating sources into your writing Want to cite your sources properly?