Researching Your Topic : Writing Research Paper

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Researching Your Topic :

When students begin research, the key mistake they often make is going straight to the Web or straight to the library catalog to try to find the information they need. That step is properly in fact a middle step in a larger research and writing process. The parts of that larger process - including how to use both the Web and the library - are explained in the following sections.

  • Set up a general search strategy

  • Use primary and secondary sources

  • Do original research

  • Make a research outline for using the library and the Web

  • Find things out for yourself

  • Be open to serendipity

  • Take notes

  • Manage sources and quotations

  • Manage and evaluate electronic sources

  • To continue the section on Writing Research Paper,

    1. Selecting a topic

    2. Researching your topic

    3. Writing your paper

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