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How to Write a Research Paper

A step-by-step guide to writing a research paper.

Instruction and Reference Librarian

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Donna Miller
Subjects: Research Help

Thank you Lori Micho, Johnson & Wales University, for allowing us to use her Research Process LibGuide as a template.

Where to Begin

This guide will provide you with information on writing a research paper, which typically consists of five broad steps. 


1.  Select a Topic

Develop  |  Formulate Questions/Thesis  |  Identify Keywords  |  Find Background Info  |  Refine


2.  Find Information

Articles  |  Books  |  Dissertations eBooks Proceedings  | Statistics  |  Websites  |  Search Strategies


3.  Evaluate

Evaluate Sources  |  Primary / Secondary  |  Scholarly / General


4.  Use

Take Notes  |  Quote, Paraphrase, Summarize


5.  Legal/Ethical

Citing References  |  Copyright  |  Plagiarism