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Research Process: A Step-By-Step Guide: Step 4: Write

A guide to help you through the steps of the research process. This guide is modeled after a guide created by the librarians at Johnson & Wales University.

Use Information Effectively

To make the most of the information that you find in the course of your research it is important to have a good idea of what you are looking for, and once you find it, know how to use it correctly. As you conduct your research, it is essential to reevaluate prior information and integrate new information into the planning and creation of your essay or artwork. Revising your search strategy based on the information you find can help you to support and refine your thesis. Organizing the content of your research in a manner that supports the purposes and format of your research–such as the use of outlines, drafts, storyboards–will help to clarify and successfully present it to others.

Writing the Paper

Writing research papers can be very challenging.

Knowing how to take notes and paraphrase ideas can help.

Recommended Books

Microsoft Office Help

Are you required to use Excel, Word, or PowerPoint for a paper or presentation? Do you feel comfortable using these applications?

If not, you can also visit the Microsoft Office website. The site contains a wealth of information including how-to documents,  templates, and training videos.

Recommended Websites

Literature Review

A literature review discusses published information in a particular subject area, and sometimes within a certain time period. It can be a simple summary of the sources, but it usually has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and synthesis.

Sources included in a literature review may include: books, peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, videos, conference proceedings, and websites.You should only include sources that are relevant, recent and reputable.

Source: University of North Carolina's Writing Center