Steps to Writing the High School Research Paper
Select an appropriate topic approved by your teacher.
II. Locate information on your topic in the library.
III. Skim magazine and journal articles, chapters in books, outlines of books, articles in reference
books. (If your topic can be located in an encyclopedia, begin with the encyclopedia.)
IV . Prepare bibliography (source) cards using index cards (preferably 4" x 6") using the
samples provided. Follow the MLA or APA guide (consult your teacher).
V . Select your best sources from which to take your notes.
VI. Prepare a "working" or tentative outline ( i.e. one subject to many changes.) The outline may be
a topical or a sentence outline.
VII. Prepare notes on note cards using the samples provided. Remember: the topic on each card
should match a topic on the outline.
VIII. Revise your outline. Topical points may be rewritten as complete sentences.
IX. Write a thesis sentence to control the focus of your paper.
X. Write the first draft of your paper following the outline closely. Remember to give credit to
your sources using the MLA or APA guide.
XI. Proofread and edit the rough draft.
XII. Write the final draft and type in according to teacher's specifications.
|Research Help||Website Links|
|Suggested Topics for the Research Paper||Questia Popular Searches|
|Procedure for Writing a Term Paper||Term Paper Instructions|
Making an Outline
|Evaluating Web Sites||Web Site Tutor
|Proofreading and Editing||Proof and Edit Handout|
|Proofreading Symbols||Webster Writing Symbols|
|Term Paper Formats||Compiling
Term Paper Basics
|MLA Citation Style||Citation Workshop|
|APA Citation Guide||Citation Workshop|
|Avoiding Plagiarism||Indiana University|
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Steps to Writing the High Schools Research Paper
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