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How to Write a Research Paper: Getting Started

General steps to create a research paper.

Basic Steps to Writing a Research Paper

To begin, answer the following questions:

  • When is the assignment due?
  • Do I understand the assignment?
  • What is the assignment?
  • How many pages are required for the research paper?
  • Do I have to use specific resources?
  • How many resources do I need?
  • What kind of resources do I need or must I use?
  • What is the required writing and documentation style?

The answers will assist by keeping you focused during the writing process.

--After the Research Guide prepared by Jeff Simpson at Troy University Library.