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Writing a research paper recap: From thesis statements to citations to conclusion

As we have seen in our series on writing a research paper, it’s important to allow yourself enough time to complete your assignment. The entire process begins with choosing your topic and includes research, creating thesis statements, writing, inserting citations, revising, formatting and writing your conclusion. Let’s review the highlights of the research paper writing […]


Writing a research paper pt 2: How to take notes that build on your thesis statements

Writing a research paper takes time and planning. Now you’ve narrowed yourself to a single topic and you can formulate one or more thesis statements. Then you’ll decide on one central statement for your paper. Your research will continue for at least another week as you learn how to take notes and gather your sources […]


8 Steps to Tackling a Big Research Paper

When your professor assigns you a lengthy research paper, it certainly feels like a daunting task. Everyone knows the feeling of staring at a research assignment and thinking, “where do I even start?” Starting the assignment and picking your direction can be overwhelming—let alone actually completing the lengthy task of writing. There are 8 simple […]


Writing help: Planning a research paper

The odds are pretty slim that you will make it through four years of college without having to write a research paper. But don’t be frightened by the prospect. Planning a research paper doesn’t have to be scary; in fact, we often make it more difficult than it needs to be. Questia, the Internet’s top […]


Your 7-step research paper checklist so you meet the grading criteria

Based on personal experience, I can matter-of-factly tell you that research paper grading criteria can vary among college professors. So how do you figure out if your paper will meet the criteria your professor is looking for? Different topics will be more important to different professors, so you’d be wise to initially review the research […]