Research Paper
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A. Introduction

Sooner or later every high school or college student has to write a research paper. More often than not, however, students find themselves under prepared for the task at hand. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information available for those in need of assistance. With the right amount of information and preparation, you too, can turn a D- into an A+!

B. Subject Headings and Shelf Numbers   
  • Academic Writing
  • Printing, Practical - - Style Manuals
  • Research - - Methodology
  • Dissertations, Academic
  • Browse call numbers 808.02, 808.027, and 808.06615
C. Frequently Mentioned Texts

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian

10 Steps In Writing the Research Paper by Peter T. Markman

The Research Paper Handbook by James D. Lester

D. General References, e.g. Guides, Encyclopedia, or Dictionaries   

The Chicago Manual of Style

The A.P.A. Style Manual

The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E. B. White

E. Magazines or Newspapers
The Library System has a subscription to the EbscoHost database that you may use either from home or in the library to search for magazine articles about research papers. Use the following search terms:
  • Research Paper
  • Term Paper
  • Academic Writing
F. Internet Resources
  • A Research Guide - The purpose of this web site is to provide all the necessary tools for students to conduct research and to present their findings. Site provides a Quick Click to Search Engines, annotated Research, Writing, and Style Guides (MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, CGOS, CBE, Harvard), and Worlds of Knowledge housing some of the best education Web sites in a Virtual Library arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
  • IPL - Provides an abundance of information on how to properly write a research paper. The site includes a step-by-step guide to researching and writing a paper, links to online research resources, as well as an information database.
Prepared by R Taylor
Updated March 2013