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Planning, time management, and brainstorming are important early tasks in the research and writing process. We have gathered resources from our collection and from the Web to help you.
Finding time to write a research paper with a busy schedule can be difficult. Browse these books for some good advice on planning your time.
Read this handout about selecting a topic from the Writing a Research Paper guide from the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab). Also, review the sections on Identifying an Audience and Where do I begin? before you continue.
Finding good, reliable sources will help you establish a foundation on which to support your thesis. When you choose a source for your paper, remember to document it correctly for your works cited list or bibliography. Use the guides and manuals in this section to help you with this task.
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Try out your scavenger hunting skills on this database quiz! Discover new databases that could help you with the research for your paper.
When you are searching for the most current information about any topic, use an online database to search magazines, academic journals, newspapers, and reference sources. To use these databases from home, you will need a library card in good standing and a PIN.
These items will help you with understanding the overall process of writing a research paper and how to cite your sources.
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers »
Commonly known as "Turabian style," this is a popular and flexible style manual used in the humanities and other fields. Some teachers may ask you to cite your sources and format your paper in this style.
For most high school and first-year college students, this is the manual that you will use to cite your sources and format your paper.
For researchers in the social sciences, this is the most frequently used style manual.
Step 4 of this guide created by the Internet Public Library will help you when you are ready to gather sources for your paper. Also, check out Step 5: Preparing to Write for help with forming your thesis statement.
Find additional sources with this online public library designed to serve the needs of the Internet community.
Find online dictionaries, encyclopedias, grammar handbooks, and other online reference tools using the Purdue OWL. See the sections for Dictionaries, Style Manuals, Grammar Handbooks, and Editing Resources, and Online References to quickly look up a definition or topic.
This is the online version of the booklet, Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age by Diana Hacker. It features guides for documenting sources using MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles. It also demonstrates the proper way to format your paper.
Now that you have your thesis and your research sorted out, you are ready to write. In this section, we have collected resources about the process of writing and revising your paper. Ask a classmate or teacher to proofread your paper, too.
Whether you need help with grammar or proofreading, these books will assist you.
We also have a collection of DVDs that will help with your writing. Be sure to check out the Upgrade Your Writing series.
In step 6 of the A+ guide by the Internet Public Library, you will find help with writing your first draft. Remember, revision is essential to creating an excellent paper.
Remember to proofread your work! This is a very important step and should not be skipped. Read this guide from the Purdue OWL about revising your paper.
This Resource List from the Purdue OWL is an excellent place to find various pages in one place regarding the writing process. Even if you are stuck, there is a Writer's Block/Writer's Anxiety page to help you out.
In addition to the books, websites, and online resources we've bookmarked for you, here are a few useful all-in-one resources.
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This database contains biographical information on more than 124,000 writers, information on authors appearing in Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, and 11,700+ bio-critical essays on authors and their works.
This database analyzes current events and popular issues from opposing points of view. It includes full-text magazine and journal articles, reference sources, primary sources, and more.
Get help with your paper from a live tutor. Use the Proof Point service to have a tutor help you review your paper for grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors.
Virtual Galleries bring together selected library and Web resources about a topic or theme in one place. For students, the Mobile Resources and Continuing Education Virtual Galleries are two great places to find additional resources.
This website, developed by the Internet Public Library, includes an easy to use step-by-step guide to writing a research paper. Specific sections of this site were referenced throughout this Virtual Gallery.
The Purdue OWL offers guides, handouts, and self-paced workshops on writing a research paper, grammar, and citing a source. Specific sections of this site were referenced throughout this Virtual Gallery.