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How Do I Write a Research Paper?

Some helpful books, links, and other advice when it comes to writing a research paper.

Choosing a Topic

Research is a commitment of your time and energy, so it's important to have a clear idea of what you are looking for before you  start!

Has your instructor provided a list of suggested topics? Can you choose your own? Where do you begin?

It's helpful to do a little background reading. Try your course textbook or check either Nipissing Search or Canadore Search for other books related to your subject. Look for something that interests you. Consider different aspects of the topic. Then, select a specific question or statement and use this as the focus for your paper.

Keep in mind that if your topic is too specific, you might have trouble finding enough information. On the other hand, if your topic is too broad, you might become overwhelmed by too much information! Try to find a good balance.