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Writing Center graduate fellows have a lot of experience conducting research and writing research papers in multiple disciplines, but all of our tutors are trained in the basic steps to complete outstanding research papers. Most tutors are currently writing research papers of their own! Schedule an appointment today to discuss your research project with any one of our undergraduate tutors or graduate fellows.
Emory Writing Center is located in room N-212 in the Callaway Center.
The Writing Center is open Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri 10am-3pm, Sun 1-8pm.
We also have a satellite location at the main Library Service Desk, located accross the quad.
The satellite is open Tues, Wed, Thurs: 6pm-8pm.
Quick guide to research projects, from topic to paper:
"There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after." ~J.R.R. Tolkien
Use the search tools on Emory University Library's Conducting Research page to investigate any topic.
Check out some more very helpful tips from the Search Strategies Research Guide.
Contact a librarian with a quick question or to schedule an appointment for a longer research conference.
Not familiar with research terms? Check out this cool online glossary.
Are you seeking a hard-copy guide? The library has numerous manuals for conducting research as well as for writing research papers. To find a book about research, just start by doing a discoverE search for phrases such as "writing research papers" or "how to do research," and see the results appear!
Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Fulwiler, Toby, and Alan R. Hayakawa. The College Writer's Reference. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005.
Roth, Audrey. The Research Paper: Process, Form, and Content. 7th ed. New York: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1995.
Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Revised 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
Walker, Melissa. Writing Research Papers: A Norton Guide. 4th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.
*Note: These guides are frequently updated with new editions. Manuals published after 2000 tend to have more information about doing internet research and citing electronic sources.
Q: What is a research paper?
A: “When you write a research paper, you have to read what authorities have written about the topic and then write an essay in which you draw your own conclusions about the topic. Since your thesis is fresh and original, you can’t merely summarize what someone else has written. Instead, you have to synthesize information from many different sources to create something that is your own” (Rozakis 4).
That description gives us clues about the major components of the research paper:
“When you write a research paper, you have to (1) read what authorities have written about the topic and then (2) write an essay in which you draw your own conclusions about the topic.”
These are the two basic parts of any research paper:
But we don't necessarily conduct them as two discrete activities, beginning to write after our research is completed. Research and writing go on at the same time, which is one of the reasons why visits to the Writing Center and research consultations with reference librarians are helpful when spaced throughout the process of research-and-writing.
In practice, it actually looks more like this:
Q: Once I've begun my research and I want to start shaping my argument, what are the major components of writing a research paper?
A: “Since your (1) thesis is fresh and original, (2) you can’t merely summarize what someone else has written. Instead, you have to (3) synthesize information from many different sources to create something that is your own.”
As you begin your research, also begin to write. Keep a record of the keyword searches you perform in search engines (such as Google Scholar), and databases (e.g., JSTOR and Web of Science). Keep a list of sources you have read, and articles or journals you still need to investigate. Write anything--your hypothesis, your research questions, or your expectations for what kind of information you will collect. If you just research and take notes without synthesizing all the information you're gathering, weeks later you might end up with a hodge-podge of facts and no clear argument through them. However, if you evaluate your sources based on their pertinence to your research question and keep track of the different research inquiries you make, you will be streamlining your research process.
Quotations from Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Research Papers, available as an eBook.
Rozakis, Laurie. Schaum's Quick Guide to Writing Great Research Papers. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1999.
Adapted from the Search Strategies Research Guide.
Searching at this stage of the digital evolution is not yet a seamless process. Not everything is digitized. Whatever is digitized is not necessarily in a standard format or findable by any one search interface.
Searching is one step in most disciplinary research practices. It usually entails concurrent processes like evaluating and capturing your results. This page focuses on locating resources.