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5 steps to an impressive research paper

If your first reaction when a professor assigns a research paper involves sweaty palms, increased heart rate or a stomach tied in knots, you’re not alone. Many college students dread writing research papers because the process can seem grueling and much more stressful than simply studying material for an upcoming exam.

Writing a research paper becomes all too common during one's college years. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Writing a research paper becomes all too common during one’s college years. (Credit: Quick Meme)

The good news is that there are many readily available resources you can use to ensure you get a good grade on your research paper – you just have to know where to find them. That’s where we come in. Read on for the five steps to follow if you want a stellar research paper. Read more

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

Get the help you need from start to finish. (Courtesy of  Kotecky)

Get the help you need from start to finish. (Courtesy of Kotecky)

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 process.

Writing a research paper: Finding research paper topics

In week one of writing your research paper you spent your time finding the right topic. Along the way you probably learned that the best topic is one that is tightly focused. Read more

Writing a research paper part 4: Revising, formatting, fine-tuning citations and writing your conclusion

The final steps in writing a research paper means you're almost to the finish line. (Courtesy of Joshbdork)

The final steps in writing a research paper means you’re almost to the finish line. (Courtesy of Joshbdork)

In week four of writing a research paper you’re near the end of the process. However, you still have plenty to do. You’ll want to get feedback from your professor and make revisions to your paper. Double-check your citations to make sure that you avoid plagiarism. Oh, and don’t forget the formatting. You want the paper to be readable and to conform to guidelines. Now is also the time to write your conclusion where you’ll wrap everything up in a few insightful paragraphs.

Revising your research paper

It’s a good idea to put your paper aside for a few days and work on other assignments. Read more

Citing sources: Tips and tools for citing APA style or MLA style with confidence

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Writing a research paper includes many detailed tasks. From choosing your topic to citing sources, there are skills and challenges to be mastered and demonstrated. Whether it’s APA style or MLA style, citing relevant sources in your paper is key to gaining the trust of your reader. Without good sources to buttress your case, your paper may not earn the grade that you desire. Read more

Research paper citations — From tricky to unique

Research paper citationsYou’ve been assigned a research paper. Time to brush up on how to use citations! Proper use of citations not only shows that you actually did some research (key to a “research” paper), but they also help you avoid any issues of plagiarism. Certain citations are fairly straightforward (i.e. those for books). But what about more tricky or unique types, such as interviews, blog comments or text messages? Believe it or not, there are even citation rules for these. So read on to find out how to include even the most unique research paper citations. Read more

Don’t derail your research papers — How to avoid citation errors

Research paper citationsWhat’s the best research paper? Your first answer is probably “a finished one!” While it may feel awesome to wrap up a grueling paper, you know that just “finished” doesn’t always cut it. Ensuring you have a solid piece of work comes not only from good writing, but also by turning in correct bibliographies, zero citation errors, quality writing and, of course, absolutely no plagiarism. The easiest way to knock out those research papers and be certain you’ve turned in some A+ work? Read on!
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