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Get answers to all kinds of questions about the research process – from choosing a topic and developing a thesis to finding sources and editing a final draft.


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Getting Started

These general reference sources are a good place to do background reading or begin you research. For a complete list of databases, see the Digital Resources Alphabetical List.

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Getting Started

1. Consider first broad subjects that deal with your topic

2. Narrow this down, keeping your topic in mind

3. Focus closer: limit your topic to specifics, such as geography, time, culture, etc.

4. Write down topic phrases; this helps you come up with key words and questions that will help you in your research

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University has lots of resources to help you get started with your research paper. Here are a few.

Choosing a Topic

Tips for Writing Thesis Statements


Plan Your Research

Planning out your research is a crucial first step to writing a research paper. Time managment is important in order to ensure that research is not left until the last minute. Initial steps to planning your research include:

  • Brainstorming what types of sources you need to help you collect information about your topic
  • Figuring out where you will find these sources and how to locate them
  • Budgeting your time so that you have plenty of room to do your research before you sit down to write your paper

University of Minnesota's Assignment Calculator will help you plan your writing time.

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