Research tutorials for writing a research paper

Improve your ability to write better research papers with our collection of interactive tutorials. Built by instructors, each tutorial includes videos, example lessons and quizzes to help you develop the skills to write an effective research paper. Take all the tutorials or select only those you need the most - start, stop, and resume them at your own pace. Explore them today!

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    Planning a Paper – Improve your skills with this complimentary tutorial!

    FREE! 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.

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    Conducting Research

    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.

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    Using the Library

    Finding books, articles, and other media in libraries—online and in person—is a basic step in building a research paper.

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    Evaluating Sources

    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.

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    Avoiding Plagiarism

    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.

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    Integrating Sources

    Integrating sources into your own writing smoothly and ethically is the essential skill you need to write quality research papers.

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    Paraphrasing Sources

    Sharing a source’s ideas with your audience by paraphrasing them is one of the most common writing tasks you will do in college.

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    Summarizing Sources

    Summarizing sources accurately gives you the opportunity to keep your readers’ attention focused where you want it.

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    Quoting Sources

    Quoting the exact words of a source is a powerful way to support your thesis with other voices that are distinctive and eloquent.

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    Working with Documentation Styles

    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.

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