AStepByStepGuideToWritingAResearchPaper .pdf

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Troy University Writing Center

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Research Paper
Step One: The Preliminaries
□ Choose a topic
□ Begin preliminary reading
□ Restrict or limit your subject
□ Develop a preliminary thesis sentence
Step Two: Gathering Data
□ Compile a working bibliography
□ Prepare the bibliography entry on 3” x 5” cards in correct bibliographical form
□ Begin extensive work in the library; be sure to check
□ general bibliographies
□ trade bibliographies
□ indexes
□ card catalogue
□ computer resources
Step Three: Taking Notes

Develop a preliminary outline
Evaluate source material: which is primary material and which is secondary material?
Begin taking notes, preferably on 4” x 6” cards, which can be arranged and sorted
Avoid plagiarism by labeling your notes as quoted, paraphrased, or summarized

Step Four: Writing the Paper
□ Develop the final outline; test your outline
□ Prepare to write:
□ put note cards in the same order as the outline
□ decide on the proper tense for the paper
□ Write the rough draft
□ Revise and rewrite
□ Edit; check documentation carefully
□ Type the paper according to the instructor’s format
□ Proofread

Remember that the tutors in the Writing Center will be happy to help you with any step in the
research paper writing process.

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