Citation TrackingContent Alert ServicesEvaluating SourcesPrimary SourcesSecondary SourcesTiertiary SourcesWhat Is Scholarly vs. Popular?
Qualitative MethodsQuantitative Methods
Using Non-Textual Elements
Limitations of the Study
Avoiding PlagiarismFootnotes or Endnotes?Further Readings
The C.A.R.S. ModelBackground InformationThe Research Problem/QuestionTheoretical Framework
Executive Summary
Academic Writing StyleChoosing a TitleMaking an OutlineParagraph Development
Design Flaws to AvoidGlossary of Research Terms
Dealing with NervousnessUsing Visual Aids
Common Grammar Mistakes
Narrowing a Topic IdeaBroadening a Topic IdeaExtending the Timeliness of a Topic Idea
Multiple Book Review EssayReviewing Collected Essays
About Informed ConsentWriting Field Notes
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Organizing Your Social Sciences Research Paper   Tags: citation, writing_support  

The purpose of this guide is to provide advice on how to develop and organize a research paper in the social sciences.
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Purpose of Guide

This guide is intended to help you organize and write a quality research paper for classes taught in the social sciences. Also included are recommendations regarding how to manage specific course assignments. Note that, if you have specific questions about how to write a research paper, you should seek advice from your professor before you begin. Specific requirements set forth by your professor will always supersede instructions provided in these general guidelines.


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Should you need personal assistance, be sure to make an appointment to meet with an experienced writer in the USC Writing Center to go over your paper. The Writing Center also conducts helpful, small-group workshops for students on a wide range of writing skills. Each week there are two or more different one-hour workshops offered at various times.

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