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How to Start Writing a Research Paper

Use the reference sources below to:

  • help define a topic
  • place a topic in context
  • get an overview of scholarly thought on a topic 
  • help you focus and develop a thesis for your paper

Articles in reference sources often list articles, books, and websites for further reading,  in sections entitled Bibliography, Suggested Reading, Further Information, etc.


Reference Resources

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Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers - Carl R. Branan
Call Number: ebook click for access
ISBN: 9780750678568
Publication Date: 2005-08-16

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Sin Boldly! - David R. Williams
Call Number: ebook click for access
ISBN: 9780465091591
Publication Date: 2004-08-11
Covers all aspects of writing for college papers.

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Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers - Frederick S. Merritt; Jonathan T. Ricketts; M. Kent Loftin
Call Number: TA151.S8 2004 REf-
ISBN: 0071364730
Publication Date: 2003-12-19

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Wiley Engineer's Desk Reference - Sanford I. Heisler
Call Number: TA151 .H424 1998-Ref
ISBN: 0471168270
Publication Date: 1998-04-24
The Wiley engineer's desk reference : a concise guide for the professional engineer

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