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Research Writing Tutorial:
A Self-Guided Tutorial

by Michael Fleming

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What is the right way to conduct research?

A research project gives you the opportunity to become an expert on something, and this can be enormously satisfying. By immersing yourself in a subject, thinking deeply about it, and articulating your thoughts in writing, you'll truly be engaging in the intellectual discourse that is the heart of academic life.

A research paper, done properly, is a big job—but if done improperly, whether by poor planning or poor technique, it can be an even bigger job and can even put you at risk of committing plagiarism. Here are three keys to successful research:

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