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Deciding on the topic is the first step of the research process.The first article examines the process of the decision and also provides a simple template for a research paper.
The second step of research is determining whether an article, book chapter, technical bulletin, or website meets the criteria of a valid resource.
The next few articles show how to examine different resources.
The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) has a guide for writing in engineering that can be quite useful! Also, always check the professional organizations for their guidelines.
These articles provide valuable suggestions for different types of technical writing that may be required in different courses or conferences.
A citation is the method that is used within a document, to give credit to the original author(s) and are done within the document. A reference list is usually found at the end of the document. This list (bibliography) contains details like: name of author and work, date published, page number, and if applicable, volume and issue number, place of publication, DOI (digital object identifier), and website link.
The professor will tell students which format or style manual to use when for the research paper, presentation, or poster. This website provides examples in APA and MLA styles by providing examples on creating reference lists, how to format a table or figure, how a specific document is to be formatted, and other document creation topics.
Other commonly used ones are seen listed here. If another type of citation style not found on this list, contact the STEM librarian.
Any image or idea from any website, article, book, or document can be used in the research paper or presentation. However, remember to acknowledge the source of this information.
The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has examples of how to incorporate other authors' ideas in a research paper and how to avoid plagiarism.
Citation Managers are online tools that gather all research resources in one place. Articles or links to articles can be stored and referenced at a later time. A bibliography list can be created by selecting certain articles; different citation styles can be chosen and then the list can be exported to a Word document. Team members can be allowed access to certain folders or articles, in order to collaborate on a paper, presentation, or poster. Personal notes can be added to each item, so that the user can quickly remember the main point of the item.