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RELI 2356 The Qur'an

The Research Paper

Keep these points in mind as you develop your paper topic:

  • choose a topic that matters, that will interest others
  • ask a clear, focused question
  • have something new to say, don't just summarize other work
  • engage past research on the topic, including things that disagree AND agree with your thesis
  • properly cite ideas borrowed from others

Cite Your Sources


RefWorks is a citation manager. You can export citations directly from many databases and library catalogs directly into your own personal database, then have RefWorks create a selective bibliography in exactly the style you choose.

Trinity Library Guide to Citation

Quick examples of MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago styles for the most commonly cited materials; indispensable resource if you're not using RefWorks!