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This guide will teach you how to write a research paper, find reliable resources, and site your sources appropriately.

It's important to remember that the type of research paper will affect the tone and overall writing style of the paper. The two main types of research papers are Analytical and Argumentative.


When determining whether or not to use a source for your paper, knowing the quality of the source is essential. The quality of a source is based on the type of source: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary.

When writing a research paper, citations are essential for crediting all sources used. There are three main types of citations: Chicago, MLA, and APA. Each with its own requirements. There are some overlapping aspects, however: double-spaced lines, 1-inch margins, and readable fonts. 

Whoever you are writing your paper for will usually have a preferred style they want you to use, so make sure to ask if it's not provided!