What Materials Do You Need to Start Your Research Paper? To write a good research paper, you need the right materials. In this lesson, you'll learn what to have at your finger tips so that you'll save valuable time throughout the research process.
Finding a Topic for Your Research How do you find the ideal topic to research and write about? Are there some topics that are better than others? In this lesson you will learn how to narrow down an idea so that it is more specific. The more specific you are about ...
Getting Essential Information from Print Sources Now you have your writing tools and equipment ready. You also have a library card or access to an academic or cultural institution. In addition, you have narrowed down your topic to make it as specific as possible. ...
Introduction to Online Sources The Internet, like any library, offers a wealth of different resources. What makes the Internet so uniquely appealing is that you don't have to leave the privacy of your desk to access materials from all over the world. In other ...
Selecting the Best Sources for Your Research Paper Now that you have collected information from a wide variety of sources—books, magazine articles, reference texts, and the Internet—how do you choose between them and evaluate what you have? How can you ...
Interviewing Primary Sources Often, the best and most unusual primary sources are people. If you are lucky enough to know or have access to anyone who has direct experience with your topic or has worked in a field connected with your research, then those people ...
Introduction to Notetaking Now that you have collected more than enough books, articles, magazines, and websites devoted to your topic how do you record all this information in one place? More importantly, how do you read complex material, sift through it, and ...
Beginning an Outline Learning to write an outline is the most helpful process you can complete before beginning to write your paper. Although it may seem difficult, if you have compiled your note cards, you are already well on your way towards completing your ...
Finalizing Your Research Paper Outline Now that you have a good idea of how your paper is going to be organized and how it will eventually look, it's a good idea to finalize your outline and fill in as many specifics and as much information as possible. A good, ...
Choosing a Research Paper Topic When considering different topics for your research paper, you have to pick and choose carefully. How do you choose a good topic? Most often, if you write your paper for a specific class or instructor, it is very ...