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Research paper


Need to write a research paper?

There are a wealth of online resources beyond Google available from the UCSC Library that contain scholarly sources and are often available full text online.

This guide provides step-by-step help to prepare a quality research paper on almost any subject area and provides tips on how to: 

  • articulate your topic
  • find academic alternatives to Wikipedia
  • locate scholarly articles and books 
  • evaluate the sources you want to use 
  • create an annotated bibliography
  • cite your sources correctly   


Research Process Overview

research process overview