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Writing the Research Paper

     Tips for Conducting Research

This page has links to  sites that help with research. Please be sure to check with your teacher regarding any information located on these websites.

General Research Assistance

A Research Guide for Students - The goal of this site is to provide all the necessary tools for students to conduct research and present their findings. This site offers assistance, examples, and explanations for all parts of the research process.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism, which is copying someone else’s work without properly acknowledging the source of that work, is a serious offense that will result in an F on your research project.  Learn how to avoid plagiarism by taking this tutorial:

You Quote It, You Note It
By Vaughan Memorial Library at Acadia University; choose a player in this interactive tutorial to learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it. 

In-Text Citations & the Works Cited Page - Giving credit to the people whose work or ideas you use is an important part of any research project.  Everyone agrees that there are ethical and legal reasons for acknowledging your sources.  The challenge is in following a standard format for giving credit.  Please check with your teacher to determine whether you will use the MLA or APA style. 

Need help with your works cited page or with in-text citation?  Try one of these style guides.

APA Formatting and Style Guide

By the OWL at Purdue University; this guide offers information on a variety of APA and writing topics, including citations, works cited, and general formatting. 

Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format

By the OWL at Purdue University; this guide covers the format of the MLA paper, the Works Cited page, and parenthetical citation. 

MLA Works Cited and Parenthetical Documentation Directory

By the OWL at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; this directory offers examples of works cited as well as parenthetical documention for a variety of sources.

Citing Sources

By the Duke University Libraries; this page offers resources on citing sources, on preparing a list of works cited, and on avoiding plagiarism. 

APA Documentation

By the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison; this guide covers all of the APA basics, including in-text citations, reference list, and general formatting. 

MLA Documentation

By the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison; this guide provides information on creating a Works Cited page and on parenthetical documentation. 

Citation and Style Guides

By Concordia University Libraries; this page provides access to several different style guides, including APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago as well as links to grammar guides and to information on plagiarism. 

Bibliography and Works Cited Pages: Sample Guides and Tools

By the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Libraries; this page includes links to several university style guides, including MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago.  Many of the linked guides provide additional information on the writing process.