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How to Write a Research Paper

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

Background Information

Background research serves many purposes.  It will usually:

  • offer an overview of the subject
  • identify important facts  -- terminology, dates, events, history
  • provide bibliographies (which supply additional sources of information).

Background Sources

Background information can be found in:

  • Textbooks
  • Print encyclopedias 

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