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Understanding the Writing and Research Process

One of the most intimidating assignments for students at all levels is the research paper.  But it doesn't have to be.  This page will help to guide students through all the stages involved in writing a research paper.  Multiple links have been compiled to aid students in everything from choosing a topic to on-line resources providing information on specific crime issues.  So Good Luck and Happy Writing!

Links in this section are intended to help students get a good idea on the general steps involved with writing a research paper.  Generally, the process involves about 6 steps, including:

  1. Identifying a Topic
  2. Gathering Information
  3. Outlining Your Paper
  4. Writing a Rough Draft
  5. Revising the Rough Draft
  6. Writing the Final Draft

The following links provide excellent information on the steps involved in the writing process:

bullet OWL Online Writing Lab-One of the most comprehensive sites on the net!  Purdue University's OWL provides information on almost everything involved with writing a research paper.
bullet Rio Salado College-Steps to Writing a Research Paper-This site explains the different steps involved with writing a research paper and provides a "checklist" for the writing process.
bullet A+ Research and Writing-Sponsored by the Internet Public Library, students can find a step-by-step guide to writing and research as well as links to other resources on the web.
bullet Research and Argument: Tools for Teachers and Students-Youngstown State University site which gives in-depth explanations on the writing process.  Very user friendly and easy to understand.
bullet UCSC: Solving the Research Puzzle-This site provides information on getting started on the research process and information on using the world wide web in the research process.
bullet The Research Paper-This site is more specifically designed to demonstrate the traditional research paper resulting from the complete experimental process.  Here the authors of this page talk in detail about the different processes involved with choosing a topic, describing the methodology, conducting the experiment, reporting the findings, and discussion and conclusion.


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