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."
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 your sources.
Be sure you know which manuscript format or "style" your instructor requires you to use:
As you proofread and revise your paper, correct any grammar or usage errors you spot.