Research Assistance

How to Write a Research Paper

You can find many online guides on how to write a good research paper, but the three listed below are mentioned here for their quality, comprehensiveness, and ease of use.

How to Write a Research Paper - Infoplease

  • This nine-step guide provides clear instruction and examples. Refer to our citation resources below for more help with step #7.

A+ Research & Writing: Step by Step - ipl2

  • With more detailed information, this site may help to explain one of the steps in research that you have difficulty with (i.e. choosing a topic, forming a focus, gathering information, etc.).

Basic Steps to Creating a Research Topic

  • The Cambridge Rindge & Latin School has created a very succinct and straightforward list of 23 steps to writing a research paper. What's nice about this guide is that if you click on bold terms, such as "select a general topic" or "list key words," then you'll be directed to a tip sheet with additional information or a guided exercise.

Evaluating Web Pages

Libraries and universities have been educating students on how to evaluate web pages for some time now (all of them roughly using the same technique), so now there is no reason not to do it!

Listed below are the best sites that I found which explain the evaluation process:

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask

  • Here is a 5-step process provided by UC Berkeley. If you would like to print out or save an abbreviated checklist, go here and click on “Web Page Evaluation Checklist.”

Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages

  • Here is another 5-step process, this time from Cornell University Library. The format in which the information is presented makes it easy to follow the steps.

Compose Yourself

To download a copy of the English department's guide to writing, Compose Yourself, sclick the link below.

Compose Yourself