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Research Guidelines

Identify & develop a topic: What do I want to write about? What do I already know?
Check the library catalog: What resources are in our library?
Search databases: What magazine or journal articles exist about my topic?
Find Web resources: Is the information on the internet safe and peer reviewed?
Evaluate what you find: Does the information support or oppose what I want to say?
Cite what you find: Where did I find the information? Who wrote it?

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is when you write something based on someone else's work and it appears as your original thought. State who or what it is you are quoting or paraphrasing. Cite sources to avoid plagiarism.

Citing Sources

MLA Style Documentation presents a comprehensive explanation about how to handle parenthetical documentation and the Works Cited page that goes at the end of a research paper. (The Writer's Handbook - University of Wisconsin)