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How To Write A Research Paper
By Debbie Lopez Updated on January 3, 2024
John Ross, JD, CPA John Ross, JD, CPA

How To Write A Research Paper

Our detailed guide covers the major steps students should take when writing a research paper

To help students better understand the intricacies involved in writing research-based papers, our team has summarized the best practices and most up-to-date guidance in academia into ten easily understandable steps. These insights and suggestions are distilled down from materials offered by the Harvard University Writing Center, and they apply to both high school and college-level students.

Video Guide For Students

In the above video, Test Prep Insight team member John walks you through how to properly organize and write your research paper step-by-step.

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What is a research paper?

A research paper is an academic assignment that requires the writer to analyze, interpret, and form a thesis on a topic based on comprehensive, independent research.

How to cite a research paper?

The first step in properly citing your research paper is to confirm what style or standard of citation your teacher or professor requires (e.g. APA, MLA, etc.).