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Writing a Paper? Get Started Here.

What is a Research Paper?
This link leads you to the OWL at Purdue, an excellent website with information on all aspects of writing a paper.

Selecting the Right Source
What's the difference? Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Books & Web sites

Research Paper Planner (Baylor University)
Learn the steps of the research process and schedule your time.

Assignment Calculator (Baylor University)
Set up a schedule for your research and get links to useful research items, by entering the due date for your assignment

Citation Style Guides

When citing sources be sure to use the proper citation style for the course. Below are links to ONLINE summarized citation rules from some of the more popular style guides:

Some other online sites that summarize citation rules:

For more detail, consult the complete printed style manuals, available in many campus libraries:

For a general introduction to academic citation and intellectual property, see Bruin Success with Less Stress.

Annotated Bibliographies

Preparing an annotated bibliography is often the first step in writing a research paper. Sometimes it is a stand-alone assignment. The links below will give you guidance in preparing an annotated bibliography.

Avoiding Plagiarism

See the Citing Sources Research Guide Section on Avoiding Plagiarism for more information.