Research and Documentation

  • This information will help you choose a topic, write and revise research papers.

  • Essay Terms
    Before writing an essay response, it is important to understand exactly what is being asked.
    Supporting Your Ideas
    Even the most well-organized, audience-centered, goal-oriented of essays can lack pizzazz. Often, writers don’t know what to do to improve the impact of their writing or how to defend their points.
    Determining a Thesis
    A thesis statement requires understanding your subject and its importance. Learn how to a solid thesis statement can direct the rest of your paper.
    Plagiarism is defined as using someone else’s words, original ideas, or data in your work of writing without giving proper credit or reference to the creator.
    Using the Internet for Research
    Helpful links for Internet research
    APA Style
    In social sciences—like psychology, anthropology, and sociology—you may be asked to use the APA (American Psychological Association) style for documenting sources.
    MLA Style
    In English and in some humanities classes, you may be asked to use the MLA (Modern Language Association) style for documenting sources.