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Organizing Your Social Sciences Research Paper

Offers detailed guidance on how to develop, organize, and write a college-level research paper in the social and behavioral sciences.



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Purpose of Guide

This guide is intended to help college students organize and write a quality research paper for classes taught in the social and behavioral sciences. Note that, if you have any questions about a research and writing assignment, you should always seek advice from your professor before you begin. Requirements set forth by your professor will always supersede instructions provided under these general guidelines.

NOTE: This guide previously included pages describing how to successfully manage and complete specific course assignments in the social and behavioral sciences. They have been removed in order to create a separate writing guide entitled, Organizing Your Social Sciences Research Assignments.


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Robert V. Labaree
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