As you review the source, jot down notes about the topic that will help you as you write the paper.
You will probably refer to these notes often, so make sure they are legible, and complete enough to work with.
Too narrow a topic will not provide enough information to write about. This is all part of the process of writing a research paper. Your class text may include guidelines such as these, but if not, invest in a good one.
“A Writer’s Reference” by Diana Hacker is an excellent resource.
As you write, make a note next to info such as direct quotes that will need to be cited in the body of the paper, as well as in the bibliography or works cited page. It will make it easier when you revise and complete the paper.
The Works Cited Page, or Bibliography, is the page that is placed at the end of the paper. Note that the entries are in alphabetical order according to the author’s last name, and the book titles should be underlined.
The sources will also need to be cited within your paper, either in footnotes or in parenthetical references, depending on what the paper’s requirements are. This info will vary slightly depending on the type of source. will contain different info, so consult your writer’s reference guide and syllabus for more details. Don’t depend solely on this though, sometimes it will miss a little thing like the use of the wrong word (ex.: “your” instead of “you're”).
Consult your syllabus, and refer to your research paper reference guide for more specific details on how to cite sources with a paper. Have a family member or friend read over the paper for an outside opinion. Aim for a polished, smooth paper that informs the reader well.
The end wraps up with a conclusion, often restating the thesis statement in other words.
The outline simply lists the topic’s main idea and points you will make throughout the paper.