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This guide is designed to help you with your CLA 135 term paper. Within the guide are tips, tools, and resources for both your research and the writing process. Click on either the tabs above or the links below to walk through the steps of the research process.
The research process typically includes 4 broad steps. Most often you complete one step before moving onto the next. However, there may be times when you will need to return to a previous step or work on multiple steps simultaneously.
Step 1. Develop Your Topic
1a. Select a Topic | 1b. Identify Keywords
Step 2. Search Strategies
2a. Refine Your Topic
Step 3. Find and Evaluate Information Sources
3a. Evaluate Sources
The actual writing process usually begins after you have completed steps 1-3 above. Producing a strong, well crafted research paper requires skill and understanding of the writing process. See the orange box, "Writing Tip," below for more information about writing assistance.
Here's a bit of tested and true advice for anyone struggling with writing skills--including grammar, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, and generally conveying your points in writing. Utilize the great services of UK's Writing Center located in Young Library, 5th floor, room 5-47.
Make an appointment through their website before you begin or as soon as you start to struggle. The Writing Center can't help you the night before the paper is due but if you allow enough time to meet with them a few times, you will be amazed at the results!
An additional source for good writing tips is the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.