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How to Write an A+ Research Paper

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Writing a research paper can be scary, especially if it's your first time doing one. Once you watch this slidecast it will give you the steps from start to finish on how to do your research paper. Not …

Writing a research paper can be scary, especially if it's your first time doing one. Once you watch this slidecast it will give you the steps from start to finish on how to do your research paper. Not only that but if you follow these steps it will give you an A+ on your paper.

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  • 1. How to write an A+ research paper Start with the Library
  • 2. Basic steps STEP STEP STEP STEP STEP STEP STEP 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. CHOOSE A TOPIC FIND INFORMATION STATE YOUR THESIS MAKE A TENTATIVE OUTLINE WRITE YOUR FIRST DRAFT REVISE YOUR OUTLINE AND DRAFT TYPE FINAL PAPER
  • 3. STEP 1. CHOOSE A TOPIC Your instructor has presented you with a research assignment. It is up to you to find a good topic. You have an idea… But you are unsure of the direction.
  • 4. STEP 1. CHOOSE A TOPIC • • • • Keep a diary of your ideas and progress. Talk it over with your instructor. Talk it over with your peers. The more you brainstorm or talk about your topic you will have a broader understanding of what you want to research.
  • 5. STEP 2. FIND INFORMATION Come to the library and talk it over with the librarian. We will help you find information to support your topic
  • 6. STEP 2. FIND INFORMATION The library has several resources to help you develop your topic. They include... • Encyclopedias • Specialized titles • Online Databases • • • • • E-Books Academic Journals Magazines Newspapers Multimedia
  • 7. The LRC Articles Database Below are databases with thousands of periodicals containing millions of full-text articles and electronic books. Many of the periodicals are scholarly journals. The databases are categorized by • General - Magazine and Journals • Specialized Databases • Citation Pages • New Resources • E-books
  • 8. STEP 2. FIND INFORMATION Great places to start when looking for information on controversial issues are the following databases. Each database will give you… • An overall understanding on the issue • Argumentative sides to the issue • Statistics • Additional resources Facts.com Opposing Viewpoints
  • 9. STEP 2. FIND INFORMATION Facts.com Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Updated weekly, with links to a 12year back-file, Issues and Controversies offers indepth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates. This database is great for research papers and debate prep. Found in “General” Articles and Databases
  • 10. STEP 2. FIND INFORMATION Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more. Found in “Specialized” Articles and Databases
  • 11. Additional Resources • The library has additional databases with millions of resources available. • There are limitless possibilities…
  • 12. STEP 3. STATE YOUR THESIS Now that you have an idea and you have found supporting resources, it is time to state you thesis. Do some critical thinking and write your thesis down in one sentence. A thesis statement is like a declaration of your opinion about a topic. The main portion of your paper will consist of arguments to support and defend this opinion.
  • 13. STEP 4. MAKE A TENTATIVE OUTLINE “An outline enables you to judge the relevance of facts and opinions, to organize your ideas in paragraphs and to determine their most effective order.” Coyle, William and Joe Law. Research Papers. Boston: Wadsworth, 2010. Print.
  • 14. STEP 5. WRITE YOUR FIRST DRAFT When writing your first draft, be sure to include the resources you have found at the library. Refer to your… • Notes • Outline • Scholarly resources After writing your first draft, you may even find that you need more information.
  • 15. Plagiarism IT IS UNETHICAL TO PLAGIARIZE To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use: • another person’s idea, concept or theory; • any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge; • quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or • paraphrase another person’s spoken or written words. http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml
  • 16. STEP 6. REVISE YOUR OUTLINE AND DRAFT STEP 7. TYPE FINAL PAPER Always consult with your instructor when writing a research paper to ensure you are on the right path.
  • 17. MLA & APA MLA & APA style guides are available in the library. They are also available 24/7 on the library’s website. Articles / databases  Citation pages Learning Tools
  • 18. When in doubt…talk it out Research help is available during library hours and 24/7 using Research Help Now Virtual Reference.
  • 19. Thank You Questions

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