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What is a Research Paper?


A research paper is an in-depth account about a specific topic. It is based on facts and information collected as a result of thorough research of a topic.

A research paper requires that writers focus on a particular subject, develop a claim or thesis, and support their postitions with convincing evidence: background information, facts, statistics, and descriptions.  


Research Process

research process

Understand your assignment 
Read your assignment thoroughly. What are the deadlines? How many pages and sources are required?

Select a topic from the choices provided.

Get an overview of your topic 
Begin with a general reference source such as an encyclopedia or atlas to get an overview

Develop a list of keywords 
Using the information you read to get an overview, create a list of keywords that will help you in the next stages of information gathering

Find, review and evaluate resources 
Search the library and other local library catalogues for book and other print resources. Search the library databases for magazine and journal articles. Evaluate resources for validity, accuracy and usefulness. Create a working bibliography of potential sources.

Focus in on the detail of your topic and if necessary develop a research question.

Read first, then take notes 
It is easier to take notes after reading through the material once. You will be better oriented and have a greater overall understanding. Use a systematic approach to notetaking

Develop an outline 
Now that you have a few notes and a better understanding of your topic you're ready to turn your focus question into an outline for your paper.

Revisit notes and identify where you need more information Now that you have an outline, take notes on your different sections. Evaluate your notes to ensure you have enough information to write each section.

Write, Edit and Review 
Review the citation guide so you can be sure to avoid plagiarism. Refer to your assignment for formatting specifications.


Research Doesn't Have to be Hard!


Research HINT

Creating a quality research project takes time, so it requires good time management.  Students run into trouble with plagiarism when they wait to the last minute to start their research.  It takes time to plan your research questions, gather material, take notes, cite sources and proofread the end product, so keep that in mind!


Need Help?

Need help with your paper? You can contact Mrs. Brusca or Ms. Resnick to set up a time to meet. Stop by the Library or email them anytime: or


EasyBib Research Guide


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