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Research, Writing and Citing - Academic Papers   Tags: citation_guide, citations, research, writing_guides  

From title page to bibliography, this guide helps you create a thesis statement, shows how to find and assess sources, gives you some writing tips, explains citation management tools and provides links to different citation style guides.
Last Updated: May 4, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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About this Guide

Use this guide to learn more about:

  • Creating a thesis statement
  • Finding and evaluating source material
  • Academic writing
  • Citation management
  • Citation styles

Here's a Glossary of Research Terms to get you started.

About Academic Papers

Academic papers promote critical thinking. You must do one or more of the following:

  • Interpret - What does the information mean?
  • Evaluate - Does this source contain relevant information? Is it reliable?
  • Analyse - What do the data show?
  • Define - What is the issue? What do I have to say about it? How should I say it?
  • Compare - What are the other perspectives and interpretations?
  • Propose a problem - What doesn't work? What are the solutions?
  • Discuss - Why am I making this argument? Where might this discussion go?

Click the Writing tab above for resources to help you write your academic research papers,


    5 Elements of a Good Research Paper

    1) Topic / Thesis

      2) Research Strategy (Find and Evaluate Sources)

        3) Point of View

        • Balance, accuracy and fairness
        • Your point of view is clear and objective
        • Differing points of view are acknowledged

        4) Documention / Citations

          5) Writing Skills

            Adapted from Basic College Research, by Patricia Berge and Carol Lee Saffioti.


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