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A required part of Wesleyan's general studies curriculum, Composition II provides an introduction to persuasive and the academic research paper. The course emphasizes critical thinking, research methods, and documentation of sources. This guide is intended to help students new to writing research papers navigate the research process and identify appropriate information sources for their work.
Resources for Writing Research Papers
OWL: Writing Research Papers
This guide to research paper writing from the Purdue Online Writing Lab helps students to begin the research process and prepare for paper writing assignments.
The Writer's Handbook: Writing a Research Paper
From the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this guide helps students work through the process of completing a research paper assignment.
Doing Background Research
Research, real research, requires starting with a basic knowledge of your proposed topic. More than an opinion, working knowledge requires that you understand some of the issues that surround your topic so that you may identify appropriate questions for your own research work. Reference sources can help you begin to explore your topic with quality and reputable information sources.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
A database of high quality encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
Issues and Controversies
Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Especially helpful feature is the Pro/Con section for background information on all sides of an argument.
Credo Reference is an online platform provides easy access to high-quality, citable reference content to help students begin exploring new topics and ideas. Credo Reference also provides topic pages which build on other library resources to help student research more effectively.
Developing a Research Question
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