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7) Write Your Paper: Research Papers

A University of Lethbridge Library guide to common writing assignments.


Before you begin writing your paper, make sure you check out the guide on Planning Your Research:

Writing a Research Paper

Steps for writing a successful research paper:

  • Plan
    • Choose & narrow your topic
    • Develop your research question and thesis
    • Plan to cite
  • Research
    • Finding sources
    • Keeping track of sources
    • Ask Us!
  • Write
    • Develop an argument to support your thesis
    • Visit the Writing Centre for help
  • Cite
    • Keeping track of sources while you collect them
    • Citation management software such as EndNote or Zotero
    • Cite while you write (using citation management software)



the·sis  [thee-sisnoun, plural the·ses  [-seez] 

  1. a proposition stated or put forward for consideration, especially one to be discussed and proved or to be maintained against objections: He vigorously defended his thesis on the causes of war.
  2. a subject for a composition or essay.
  3. a dissertation on a particular subject in which one has done original research, as one presented by a candidate for a diploma or degree.

Library Help

Research Help Desk

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