The Research Process

The Research Process

Writing a research paper does not have to be stressful. Breaking down your work into several smaller steps and budgeting time will help you to write a better paper more efficiently.

Generally, the steps in writing a research paper are:

  1. Select a topic
  2. Find and evaluate sources
  3. Begin reading and taking notes
  4. Develop a working thesis
  5. Continue reading and taking notes
  6. Develop a working outline
  7. Prepare a first draft
  8. Edit
  9. Prepare a final draft

Purdue University Online Writing Lab. This is a wonderful resource for citation and formatting of research papers. There is information on citation types and MLA format in general.

This book has detailed information on things like:

  • Topic selection
  • Source selection and citation
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Note taking, paraphrasing and summarizing
  • Using quotations
  • Outlining
  • Writing and revision help
  • Presentations
  • … and more!

MLA 8 Practice Sheet

If you fill out this sheet for every source you use in your research making your bibliography will be easy.

Click the button to the left to access turnitin.com. You can also use the TurnItIn app on your iPad. If you are using the iPad app you cannot perform a cut and paste upload or create a new user account.

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