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