How to Compile Information for a Research Paper

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How to Find and Compile Information for a Research Paper
Writing a research paper can be a simple process or a complex one, depending on your topic. Some college professors give their students the option of choosing their own topic or assigning one. Either way, there is a process or steps to follow in order for your research paper to be a good one. Gathering information is the most important part of a research paper. Where you find your information, how you take and organize notes, are essential, come time to write your paper. I will explain, as I understand it, how to find and compile information for a college research paper. Once you have a topic and are ready to start your research, the first thing to do is decide where you will get your information from. You can search the internet or go to the public or college library and look through books, articles, databases and other documentations about your topic. I started with the internet myself. Although the internet is full of information, you may, want to start by creating a list of keywords relating to your topic.. Then search those keywords and see what information comes up. An important thing to remember is that the information you find must come from a reliable source. What I mean by reliable source is the author or writer who is stating facts must be credible. Example of this would be anything from the government or government website. Primary sources, documentation or books written by a person, themselves or by a person who knew them, is considered credible. You can also use Secondary sources, which is anything written or discussed by others who have obtained their information through research. Where you get your facts is very important. When you find a source, pertaining to your topic, make sure you have already decided which method to use, in collecting this information. Make sure you document, clearly, the following information for each source you get information from. They refer to this, as...
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