Ask a librarian for help if you are having trouble finding print sources that apply to your topic.
If you are writing about a topic that directly affects people in your community, including interviews in your research paper will add credibility and immediacy to your argument.
Because the Internet is the most accessible avenue for information, it is the place most students start. There are several ways to determine the credibility of your Internet sources. Print sources are the most traditional form of research paper sources.
Look at the credentials for the author of the piece. Books, journals, newspapers, magazines and textbooks are all print resources that typically are found in libraries and bookstores.
that the prof hands you the assignment, and it will only take 30 minutes. Let’s deal with the first one right now: Looking at what the prof wants you to do.
The first important step in writing a paper is taking some time to understand what the professor is looking for.
It’s completely unfair to assess a student if the student doesn’t know what’s expected of them. Once you have that rubric and assignment sheet in hand, you’re ready to discern the things your prof will look for when grading the assignment.
This means you can begin with the end in mind, crafting the paper around what you know the prof wants to see.
Let’s take it section by section, one directive at a time. Go through and find the concepts the prof wants you to cover in the paper. Lord love ‘em, but professors are notorious for giving more information than necessary or saying more than what needs saying, so do your best to boil the assignment down to the essentials with your highlighter: Take note, these macro concepts are often suggestions, not commands. These are the items that must be included in the paper for you to get a good grade.
They are the prof telling you how to be impressive, clear, or to raise your grade through a demonstration of your wits and knowledge. Usually they are very specific: Clearly, if your paper uses first-person pronouns, it will irk the person giving you the grade—probably best to stay away from that.