Learning to write a solid, well-researched paper is essential to your success as a student and as a potential future academic professional. This guide will introduce you to resources, techniques, and tools that can help you define a topic, find the perfect sources, save time and effort, and avoid last-minute stress!
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Get research tips and lists of resources for a variety of subjects.
Cite sources in APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and other styles.
Watch tutorial videos on research strategies, database searching, and software tools.
Take a class on research, scholarship, academic integrity, or software.
Find sources for your paper in our collections.
Store, organize, and format citations, images and graphics with EndNote.
Use Mendeley to create a personal database of references that can be inserted into documents created with Word.
Zotero, a free cloud-based citation manager, automatically senses and imports content in your web browser and allows you to add it to your personal library, all within a single click! Zotero also has a Word plug-in to cite-while-you-write.
Get writing help in person or online. Tutors are available in Mitchell Memorial Library during Fall and Spring semesters, Sunday - Thursday, 6pm - 9pm.
MSU's writing quality enhancement plan seeks to improve undergraduate student writing by implementing a writing across the curriculum model, using writing-to-learn strategies and formal writing instruction.
This list of books can help you to write a successful research paper.