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Writing a Research Paper  

A step-by-step guide with tips and hints for writing your paper
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Planning Your Research

All good research starts with a plan!

You wouldn't start out on a month long road trip without a map and a plan. The same is true for research - don't start without a plan.

Make sure you have read the assignment!

   Do you know the due dates?
   Do you know how the paper will be graded?


MLA Handbook

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MLA Handbook - The Modern Language Association of America
Call Number: 808.02 MLA
ISBN: 9781603292627
Publication Date: 2016-04-01

The 8th edition MLA handbook now recommends one universal set of guidelines, which you apply to any type of source. It's short and easy to use and includes how to evaluate sources, gather citation information, cite sources within your paper, and create works-cited list.


Senior Research Paper


Junior Research Paper

Information for the Junior Research Paper:

  • 5 page paper
  • 12 pt. Times New Roman
  • Double spaced
  • MLA style
  • Works Cited page
  • Minimum of 3 citations: use at least 1 book and 2 journal articles

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