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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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Encyclopedia of Sociology - Edgar F. Borgatta (Editor); Rhonda J. V. Montgomery (Editor)
Call Number: HM425 .E5 2000

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International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences - William A. Darity
Call Number: H40 .A2 I5 2008

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The Handbook of Social Psychology - Daniel T. Gilbert (Editor); Susan T. Fiske (Editor); Gardner Lindzey (Editor)
Call Number: HM251 .H224 1998

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Encyclopedia of American Social History - Mary K. Cayton (Editor); Elliott J. Gorn (Editor); Peter W. Williams (Editor)
Call Number: HN57 .E58 1993

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