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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


Zoterois a citation manager. You can export citations directly from many databases and library catalogs directly into your own personal database, then have Zotero create a selective bibliography in exactly the style you choose. The software is open source and is available to anyone without cost or an institutional affiliation.

Citing Sources

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