To write a research paper you must first do some research, that is, investigate your topic by reading about it in many different sources, including books, magazines, newspapers, and the Internet. In some cases, you may also conduct interviews. The information you gather from these sources is then used to support the points you make in your paper.
Writing a research paper also involves documenting your sources of information in footnotes or endnotes. This way the reader knows where you got your information and can judge whether it is reliable.
Here are the steps to follow when writing a college research paper.
- Establish your topic
- Look for sources of information
- Read your sources and take notes
- Organize your ideas
- Write the first draft
- Use footnotes or endnotes to document sources
- Write a bibliography
- Revise the first draft
- Proofread the final draft
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