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Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
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Writing Research Papers:

Research papers are generally longer pieces of written work than essays. Writing a research paper involves all of the steps for writing an essay plus some additional ones.

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 whether it is reliable.

  1. Establish your topic.
  2. Look for sources of information.
  3. Read in sources and take notes.
  4. Organize your ideas.
  5. Write a rough draft.
  6. Use footnotes or endnotes to document sources.
  7. Revise the first draft.
  8. Proofread the final draft.

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