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Getting Started

Getting to the databases & formulating your search

Introduction

Regardless of what you are researching, the research process is similar. Below, the steps to writing a research paper are outlines, and each step has links to help navigate and illustrate the concept.

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Ten Steps to Research Paper Success

 

1. Get Started

               -Understand Your Assignment

                              OWL, Understanding Writing Assignments: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/688/01/

               -Identify Your Audience/Purpose

                              OWL, Purposes: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/625/6/

               -Select a Topic

                              OWL, Choosing a Topic: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/658/03/

 

2. Find Background Information

               -Why Use the Library

                              High Library, “”: http://www.etown.edu/library/calculator/whylibrary.aspx

               -Use Different Types of Sources

                              Bloomsburg, Information Types: http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/c.php?g=318498&p=2128735

               -Ask a Librarian

                              High Library, Ask Us: http://www.etown.edu/library/help/index.aspx

 

3. Develop a Research Question

               -Narrow/Broaden Your Topic

                              High Library, Search Strategy: http://libraryguides.etown.edu/content.php?pid=301879&sid=2474365

               -Develop a Working Thesis

                              OWL, Developing Strong Thesis Statements: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/1/

 

4. Research Your Topic

               -Use Your Library Guide

                              High Library, Lib Guide Index: http://libraryguides.etown.edu/index.php

               -Develop Search Strategies

                              High Library, Search Strategy: http://libraryguides.etown.edu/content.php?pid=301879&sid=2474365

               -Find Books

                              High Library, Catalog: http://library.etown.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/x/0/0/49

               -Find Articles

                              High Library, Databases by Subject: http://libraryguides.etown.edu/content.php?pid=221939

 

5. Read Your Sources

               -Take Good Notes

                              Palgrave, Making Notes: https://he.palgrave.com/studentstudyskills/page/Making-Notes/

 

6. Cite Your Sources and Avoid Plagiarism

               -Create a Bibliography

                              High Library, Putting it Together: http://libraryguides.etown.edu/content.php?pid=287203

               -Use Zotero

                              High Library, Zotero: http://libraryguides.etown.edu/zotero

 

7. Plan Your Paper

               -Organize Your Argument

                              OWL, Organizing Your Argument: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/03/

               -Outline Your Paper

                              OWL, Why and How to Create a Useful Outline: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/544/02/

 

8. Write Your First Draft

               -Write Effectively

                              OWL, Academic Writing: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/2/

               -Integrate Your Sources

                              OWL, Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/01/

               -Get Help from a Writing Tutor

                              Etown, The Writing Wing: http://www.etown.edu/offices/writing-wing/index.aspx

 

9. Revise and Rewrite

               -Do Additional Research

                              High Library, Do Additional Research: http://www.etown.edu/library/calculator/additionalresearch.aspx

               -Revise Your Work

                              High Library, Revise Your Work: http://www.etown.edu/library/calculator/revise.aspx

 

10. Put Your Paper in Final Form

               -Proofread Your Paper

                              High Library, Proofread Your Paper: http://www.etown.edu/library/calculator/proofread.aspx