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English Composition (100, 101, 102): Writing A Research Paper

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Forming a Research Question


Credit:  William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University, LA

The Basic Steps to Writing a Research Paper

1. Make sure you understand the writing assignment. 

2. Choose a topic

3. Create a basic research question (eventually used to create a thesis statement)

4. Identify the main audience

5. Research

6. Outline 

7. Write the paper (You can start with a basic draft then work up to a full paper)

8. Revise/Edit/Proofread

Writing a research paper is a long process, and can be challenging. Don't give up! It will become clearer with time and practice! 

Topic Generator

Having trouble thinking of a topic? Use the Topic Generator or Idea Generator to find a topic that interests you!

Creating A Research Question

Bring it all together in the form of a research question...

How good of a predictor is standardized testing for college success?

Credit:  William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University, LA

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