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Streamline your Research Paper Process with the Library

It is that time of year again—Research Paper Time. No need to feel stressed, because the library has all the tools you need to handle research, citation, and review.

Phase 1—Research

Start with a visit to the library website to explore our Subject Guides. Here, you will find a selection of research guides, arranged by subject, to help you hone in on the best resources for your topic. Our librarians locate some of the most useful databases, journals, and collections for each subject area, taking the guesswork out of that initial hunt for sources.

Make a research consultation appointment with a librarian to meet in person and discuss your research plans and questions. It is easy—just visit our Ask a Librarian page and click on “Email a Research Question.” Once we know more about your project, we will match you up with a librarian who has expertise in the subject you are researching.

Phase 2 – Citation

Check your citations from the couch with our Citation Style Guide. A number of these styles guides are available in full text online, including the Chicago Manual of Style and the AP Stylebook.

For versions not available online, the Citation Style Guide offers links to other online resources. You may also visit the library to use these style guides. We have updated copies of the MLA Handbook on every floor of the building, and copies of less frequently used guides, such the CSE Manual, available on Ready Reference.

Learn more about EndNote, a useful citation software program by checking out our EndNote Subject Guide. From here, you can download the program, access online tutorials, see our schedule of free drop-in classes, and look at FAQ from other users.

Phase 3 – Write & Review

Now you are ready to polish and refine your finished product. We have a few options to help you with this stage of the paper writing process. Make an appointment at the Writing Center (located on the 1st Floor of the library) for a free, personal coaching session with a student consultant for helpful feedback at any stage of your writing process. Just call 202-885-2991 to set up your session.

If you are ready for another round of edits, book one of our collaborative workrooms for a peer review session with your fellow classmates. Rooms must be reserved at least one hour in advance—and you can stake your claim at the Library Information Desk or by calling 202-885-3232.

This semester, make the library your Research Paper Headquarters!