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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

The changing attitude toward same sex marriage

The topic of same sex marriage has many areas to explore for research paper topics, from marriage benefits for same sex couples, to religion and same sex marriage, to how society’s changing its attitude on the topic of same sex marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

The attitude change towards same sex marriage has made it more accepted in society. (Credit: krausnotes.com)

The attitude change towards same sex marriage has made it more accepted in society. (Credit: krausnotes.com)

These are just a few of the good research paper topics to explore for a range of classes—sociology, religion, LGBT studies and more. Read more

How to write a research paper: The step by step guide from Questia

We realize that writing a college research paper can be a difficult and daunting process–especially if it’s your first time! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. With the help of this step-by-step research paper guide, we hope to make the task of writing a research paper a little less nerve-wracking.

Feel free to share the step-by-step guide to writing a research paper below with classmates and friends OR even print the research paper guide and use it as a future reference!

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For more information on how we can help you solve your research paper problems and term paper troubles visit Questia, the Web’s premier online collection of copyrighted scholarly books, academic journals and research periodicals featuring integrated tools for note taking, organizing research, citing sources, creating footnotes and building bibliographies, helping students write better research papers faster!

Research paper topics for your political science paper

Political science majors know that politics and government is a fast-paced, ever-changing world. There are a lot of options and choices when it comes to picking research paper topics, from past political movements to presidential elections, from human rights issues to world politics. Whether you are interested in teaching constitutional law, are simply a political junkie or are thinking of possibly running for office at the local, state or even national level, there are many areas to explore. Here are a few ideas to help you stay abreast of the latest topics and ideas for your next political science paper.

François Hollande at a meeting during 2012 political campaign. (Credit: Bretwa)

François Hollande at a meeting during 2012 political campaign. (Credit: Bretwa)

Start researching political science on Questia

Questia is an excellent place to research topics related to political science and government. As the Internet’s largest online library, Questia offers millions of full-text books and articles. Read more

Research paper topics and ideas for your business paper

One of the most recent successful businessmen includes Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. (Credit: Silverisdead)

One of the most recent successful businessmen includes Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. (Credit: Silverisdead)

Business majors have their choice from any number of possible research paper topics. Consider the many industries such as healthcare, manufacturing or financial services. Maybe you’re interested in starting your own business someday. If entrepreneurship is in your future, then you may want to explore what it takes to accomplish a successful startup. You could be the next Mark Zuckerberg. Here are a few tips and ideas to get you started on your next research paper.

Start researching business at Questia

A good place to start your research is on Questia, the Internet’s largest online library. Not only will you find millions of full-text books and articles; you’ll also love the research tools that help you to bookmark, take notes, and cite your sources correctly. Once you’re there you may never go to another site for your research. Read more

Abnormal psychology good research paper topics

Illustration of Schizophrenia's effect on the brain. (Credit: Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, M.D., Ph.D.)

Illustration of Schizophrenia’s effect on the brain. (Credit: Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, M.D., Ph.D.)

If your next research paper that’s due is on the subject of abnormal psychology, here are some tips for finding good research paper topics. You can consult scholarly articles on abnormal psychology or recent science articles; there are the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, the Casebook in Abnormal Psychology and library databases. One trend in abnormal psychology you might write about is body dysmorphic disorder.

You can choose from many topics under the umbrella of “abnormal psychology” such as eating disorders, antisocial behavior, cannibalism, multiple personalities, narcissism, Oedipus complex, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-mutilation, separation anxiety, social pathology and suicide. Read more

Google search: Keyword search and other search tools for your next research paper

Google Scholar specializes in web searches for scholarly books and articles. (Credit: PNG crusade bot)

Google Scholar specializes in web searches for scholarly books and articles. (Credit: PNG crusade bot)

When you’re using keyword search and other search tools for writing a research paper, where do you start? Most students start with Google search. While it’s true that Google houses a wide range of useful information, finding what you need for an academic paper can be challenging. Let’s take a look at how Google works and best strategies for finding good research information.

The best choice?

Is Google the best resource to use when writing your research papers? Read more

How to use keyword search tools to find scholarly articles for your research paper

Google Digitization signs are all over libraries at The University of Michigan. (Credit: Andrew Turner)

Google Digitization signs are all over libraries at The University of Michigan. (Credit: Andrew Turner)

Even if you know what you want to write about in your next research paper, it can be a challenge to find the right scholarly articles. With a deadline looming, you need to have strategies to help you save time. Keyword search tools are going to be the best way to navigate through the many databases at your disposal. How do you get the most out of these information repositories? Let’s take a look at some best practices.

Research databases

Google is a great search engine for finding just about anything. But it isn’t always the best tool for doing your research papers. 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