Research Writing: Elements and Steps

Research writing is distinct in approach and technique. The information here describes the various stages of research writing and offers suggestions for approaching it.

Elements of a research paper

Steps in writing a research paper

  1. One Big Mess
  2. Developing a research question
  3. Developing a research thesis
  4. Finding sources
  5. Evaluating sources
  6. Taking notes
  7. Working with quotations
  8. Summaries and paraphrases
  9. Building the essay draft
  10. Documenting sources
  11. Revising and proofreading the draft

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