• NJCU William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences

How to Research and Write a Paper

  • The following links provide some valuable information, guidance, and advice on how to research and write a college level paper. 
    The first stop as you embark on a research project should be a visit to the Guarani Library.  And before you go you should consult their helpful tutorials on information literacy. They'll help you learn how to navigate the various databases the library has available, how to differentiate among the various types of resources available, and how to incorporate the research into your writing. 
    Another helpful, if not crucial, step in the research process is to take the time to map out what you want to say in the paper, why you want to say it, and the sources you have to support what you want to say.  The link provides a handy step by step guide from Prof. Hilary Englert, co-chair of the English Department, on how to prepare this prospectus. 
    Once you've gathered your information and conducted your research, the next step is to organize that work into a cohesive essay. To help you get your thoughts together, Prof. Dana Johnson, an adjunct faculty member in our Philosophy and Religion Department has put together a compact and very helpful easy-to-use guide for assembling and composing a quality research paper.        
    You should also familiarize yourself with the University's Academic Integrity Policy and rules governing plagiarism.  If you are unsure as to what plagiarism is, here's a nice review brought to you by the Writing Center at the Indiana University at Bloomington. 


    Other Resources

    The Daily Grammar provides some online tutorials on grammar (including practice lessons).   
    The English Page is another site for grammar practice.   
    PaperRater is a free site that will check your spelling, grammar, and plagiarism (that is, it'll let you know if you're using a plagiarized source). 


  • One or more of the links on this page open Adobe PDF documents. If you require Adobe Acrobat Reader (which is free), in order to view these documents you can download it directly from the Adobe website.