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.
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.