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Writing a research paper pt 3: How to write an outline, draft the paper and add citations

Taking the extra step to write an outline before you begin writing your research paper will save you more time in the long run.

Taking the extra step to write an outline before you begin writing your research paper will save you more time in the long run.

Now that you’ve chosen a topic and collected notes, it’s time to begin writing a research paper. In this article we’ll cover how to write an outline, create a rough draft of your paper and how to add citations. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s dive right in.

How to write an outline

When taking notes, many experts suggest that you write them on individual index cards. Then, you can place the cards on a table and rearrange them to create the flow for your paper. This flow will become your outline. Read more

Writing a research paper or term paper conclusion

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Research paper conclusions (Photo credit: rmkoske)

Writing a research paper conclusion is more than just summarizing your paper’s main points. Depending on the type of term paper you’re writing, your conclusion must serve a variety of purposes. Below are tips on how to write a conclusion to a research paper, persuasive essay, instructional paper and scientific paper. For additional guidance, consult Questia’s library of topic categories and publications for research. Read more