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Below are the five basic steps to creating a great research paper. Click on the tabs above in the areas you need assistance.
If you need a print out on a handout for the 5 basic steps to doing a research paper, click on the "Cycle of Research Process" link below.
Getting started is often viewed as the hardest part of doing research. However, there are many people available to help you. First, begin by discussing the requirements of the assignment with your professor and ask for her/his advice for topics. If you're still uncertain, brainstorm topics that have been discussed in class and topics that interest you. Librarians are also ready and able to assist you in choosing a topic. Please contact a librarian as soon as you are ready to start your research.
Once you know what your topic will be, define what you are looking for. This is the thesis statement or research question. State your topic as a question, then ask yourself the following questions:
Brainstorming can be fun! Ideas are endless and your topic might light the fuel to create great discussions in class. Watch this video to see how a topic can be developed:
A "Research Topic Diagram" can be very helpful when you are developing your topic ideas to write a research paper. Take a look at the following example. You can print off the example and the form to practice developing your research.
The Regent University Writing Center offers a wide array of services to help you through the research process:
Visit the writing center to sit down with a staff member, or go online and access great tips at:
Another great online resource is the writing center at Purdue University at: