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Writing Research Papers: Welcome!

This guide is intended to provide help with topic selection, research tips and strategies, and citing sources.


Welcome to the LCC Library's Research Guide on Writing Research Papers. Click through the tabs to find information on the various stages of the research process. We have organized this guide to conform to the research process as we understand it:

the long and winding road of research and writing
  • Find a general topic
  • Do some general background research
  • Develop one or more research questions
  • Find search terms to use with the Library catalog and databases
  • Locate sources of information in books, periodical articles and on the Web
  • Evaluate the information you find
  • Cite your sources

The Writing and Research Process

The stages above can be further organized into four general processes: posing real questions, finding resources, interpreting information and reporting findings. A writer would rarely just go from step 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 and that's it. Instead, you'll probably need to go forward, then backward before you go forward again. Your process might look like: 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 3, 1, 3, 2, 3, 4, 3, 4, or something like that.

the writing and research process. pose questions. find resources. interpret information. report findings.

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