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Discovering what interests you and how to share ideas with your readers is a strong beginning for a research paper that will take you beyond your current level of knowledge.
Understanding the kinds of sources that are available and how to work with them will help you decide where to go for what kinds of information.
Finding books, articles, and other media in libraries—online and in person—is a basic step in building a research paper.
Evaluating sources of information to make sure they are credible helps you ensure that you have a solid foundation for the ideas you are putting forth in your researched writing.
Recognizing that many texts, photos, videos, and sound recordings are the intellectual property of others will allow you to fulfill your ethical and legal obligations to their owners.
Integrating sources into your own writing smoothly and ethically is the essential skill you need to write quality research papers.
Sharing a source’s ideas with your audience by paraphrasing them is one of the most common writing tasks you will do in college.
Summarizing sources accurately gives you the opportunity to keep your readers’ attention focused where you want it.
Quoting the exact words of a source is a powerful way to support your thesis with other voices that are distinctive and eloquent.
Citing your sources accurately demonstrates your recognition that your ideas are built on the ideas of others and that they deserve to receive credit for those ideas.