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You have research paper questions. #AskQuestia — We have the answers!

What requires a citation? #AskQuestiaThere are many points of stress in a college student’s life, but writing a solid research paper does not have to be one of them.

College professors expect you to know the basics, but they may not have the time to help individual students with the fundamentals of paper writing. Besides, there is always that nagging fear of asking for help. No one wants to “ask a stupid question”—let it be known that there are no stupid questions!—and that is where we come in!

#AskQuestia for the answers to your research paper questions

Questia has been helping students write better papers faster for years. So, who better to answer your research paper related questions than the experts here at Questia? Read more

Ideas for finding good research topics for your religion research paper

The Sainsbury Research Centre Library

The Sainsbury Research Centre Library

Planning your next religion research paper is as easy as typing religion into Google and waiting for it to spit out some brilliant suggestion, right? Well not exactly. There is an art, and no small amount of skill, to tracking down the best online sources for your paper. The key is to craft keyword phrases that help narrow your search, while looking for the best possible references—this applies whether you are writing a paper on a religious topic or on any other subject. Want to learn more about ideas for finding good research topics in the religion field? Read on. Read more

Write with authority using Questia’s research tutorials

Research tutorials

Research tutorials

Have you checked out Questia’s Research Tutorials yet? The self-study research tutorials are designed to guide you through the steps of persuasive writing. Offering a virtual library of lesson plans, the tutorials provide tips and guidelines so you can write a more persuasive, researched and effective paper. You can access one or all of the tutorials, work at your own pace and stop and resume them later at a more convenient time. Read more

Top research paper tips: Use action verbs for persuasive writing

Action verbs“I wrote some stuff that was really important.” I have no idea what that means. “I translated a report on toucans in Mexico that was published in the journal Science.” Now, that’s impressive! Choosing active verbs, using precise vocabulary words and employing persuasive techniques in your writing will make your work credible. Writing well follows a lot of the rules of speaking well. One important rule is using strong, active words to get your point across or to persuade your reader to take an action. This article provides a list of action verbs to help you improve your writing. 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

Writing a research paper or term paper conclusion

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.

The Questia Writing Center helps you draw out your conclusion.

The Questia Writing Center helps you draw out your conclusion.

Below are tips on how to write a conclusion to a research paper, persuasive essay, instructional paper and scientific paper. For additional guidance, consult the Questia Writing Center, which will guide you in the right direction towards creating a remarkable research paper. Read more

How to debate your view when writing a research paper

Effectively debate your arguementResearch paper topics assigned by your instructor often require you to argue an issue that you personally support. When writing a research paper that presents an argument you believe in you will want to know how to debate and present both sides, including the opposing viewpoints. That can be a real challenge. Here are a few pointers to help you make your case.

The argument research paper

Writing your paper involves the same process no matter what your personal opinion is. Read more

Research paper help: How to write a persuasive essay with an opposing viewpoint

Research paper writingA persuasive essay is difficult enough to write, but what if you are assigned to discuss or prove a point of view you don’t agree with? How can you effectively debate controversial issues you do not support? Will your biases negatively affect your research? Here are some tips on how to write a research paper or term paper that presents a viewpoint that is not your own. Also check out Questia’s tutorial on Using the Library to research opposing viewpoints you can debate.

Kathleen McMurdo discussed the theory of writing persuasive essays in Structured Writing II: Using Inspiration Software to Teach Essay Development. “The purpose of the persuasive essay is to present a definite opinion about a controversial issue and persuade the reader to feel likewise about the subject,” she explained. Read more

Top writing tips for your a research paper introduction

Research paper introductionsBeginning and concluding a research paper often seem like the hardest part of the whole process. While slogging through all the research should be more difficult, giving your audience a sense of your topic and your goal in the paper can often be more challenging. It’s clichéd, but true—you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s what your research paper introduction is—a first impression. It is also the hook that will keep your reader interested in what you have to say in the remainder of your work. Make the most of your opening with these writing tips for a research paper introduction. 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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