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Writing a Research Paper Subject Guide

Trying to write a research paper? - Check out this pathfinder for tips to writing and researching your papers.

Electronic Resources

Academic Search Premier

The world’s largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,650 serials, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost.  A great source for your papers

MasterFile Premier
Provides full text for nearly 1,840 periodicals covering nearly all subjects including general reference, business, health, and much more.  Another invaluable source for research papers.

World Wide Web Resources

A Guide to Internet Research for High School and College Students

“This guide links to many sites that help with writing and researching term papers. There is general advice for writing as well as links for specific subject areas.”

IPL TeenSpace: A+ Research & Writing

“The IPL's original guide to researching and writing that paper you're dreading. Many of the resources that this guide points to are included in this section of TeenSpace, but this is a great resource for an in-depth look at the research process. The guide is pretty text heavy, but if you are looking for answers, they're probably in here!”

Works Cited

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Writing a Research Paper

This tutorial is brought to you by the granddaddy of all online writing tutorials, Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL). The site is a bit text-heavy but easy to navigate, and it breaks down both the parts of a research paper and the process of writing one into manageable pieces. Aimed at undergrads, this site is part of a massive compilation of handouts, Internet resources, and writing tutors' wisdom.”

Writing Guides at CSU

“The Writing Center at Colorado State University provides over 70 writing guides as online textbooks in six areas: writing processes and rhetorical concerns, types of documents, desktop publishing and writing for the Web, working with sources, graphics, critical reading, informative speeches and presentation, and research.”

Print Resources


Gibaldi, Joseph MLA handbook for writers of research papers New York, NY : Modern Language Association of America, c2003. Call # R 808.02 GI

Non Fiction

Ballenger, Bruce P. The curious researcher : a guide to writing research papers New York, NY : Longman, c2009. Call # 808.02 BA

Hacker, Diana A writer's reference Boston, MA : Bedford / St. Martin's, c2003. Call # 428.2 HA

Mahmoud, Shah Research and writing : a complete guide & handbook White Hall, VA : Betterway Publishing, c1992. Call # 808.02 MA

REA's quick and easy guide to writing your A+ research paper Piscataway, NJ : REA, c2001. Call # 808.02 RE

Sebranek, Patrick and Meyer, Verne and Kemper, Dave Write for college : a student handbook Wilmington, MA : Write Source Great Source Education Group, c2007. Call # 808.042 SE

Strunk, William The elements of style New York, NY : Penguin Press, c2005. Call # 808.042 ST

Teitelbaum, Harry How to write a thesis New York, NY : Macmillan USA, c1998. Call # 808.02 TE

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