You are ultimately responsible for the content of your research paper and whether it's acceptable to your instructor.
Below is one tool that will help you evaluate your own paper.
Most composition courses require a writing manual to guide you as you take notes, outline, write the draft and complete your paper. Several colleges and universities provide online writing information for research papers through their "online writing labs."
The Purdue University Online Writing Lab has excellent resources on beginning a research paper. Among these is Prewriting (Invention), which leads students briefly through the process of beginning a paper.
Begin by taking notes, always keeping in mind that you will have to cite each source you use in your paper. Be sure to note exactly what information you will need in order to cite each source correctly, and in the style the instructor requires (see Citing Sources). You will be guilty of plagiarism if you do not responsibly cite information from the sources you use.
Next, assemble your notes and prepare an outline in preparation for writing the first draft of your paper.
Be sure you know which manuscript format or "style" your instructor requires you to use: MLA (Modern Language Association); APA (American Psychological Association); Turabian or Chicago.
As you proofread and revise your drafts, correct any grammar or usage errors you spot.
The Reading/Writing Labs are located at the Pensacola, Milton, and Warrington campuses and offer free tutoring to all Pensacola State College students. No appointment is necessary.
Reading/Writing Lab Locations
|Pensacola Campus||Bldg. 1, Rm. 106||850.484.1451|
|Milton Campus||Bldg. 4200, Rm. 4246||850.484.4403|
|Warrington Campus||Bldg. 3100, Rm. 3142||850.484.2351|
|South Santa Rosa Center||Room 5130A||850.475.4851|