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Writing an Effective Research Paper

             Research papers are the most difficult papers to write because the quality of the work has to be very detailed and you have to give more facts than opinions. Research involves using the library's online catalog, databases, government documents collections and more. Research is not necessarily copying passages and putting them together with other information you can find. Good research involves following the steps you need to take in order to make sure you have the correct information that your audience can understand. .
             Choosing, Narrowing and Researching a Topic .
             When choosing a topic to research you have to make sure you have the right tools to help you get reliable information in order to have a successful paper. You have to make sure you have an idea of what you want to research, choosing a topic can be the most difficult part of the whole process. Narrow down your options to one that will have your best interest and will be worth your time to research, since you are going to spending lots of time finding information about that topic. Start by getting general information that can give you a basic idea about what you are about to be researching. Once you have that basic information on your topic, this will help guide you in the right direction. With that basic information you will see that there are many other aspects to your topic and you will now have to start taking those steps into researching more about it. Use keywords within the information you find to make new discoveries about your topic. Reference works and a quick search in the library catalog, periodical databases, or the Internet you will find definitions, and other material that can help you with your research. .
             Doing the Research .
             The library is such an important piece to finding reliable information when researching a topic, whether it is for a class or your job you can always rely on the library to have resources available for your use.

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