Research (and Mr. Broach's humble advice)


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In conducting research, you should start by making an outline of the topic you plan to study.  In other words, write a preliminary outline for your paper.

Next, research your sub-topics.  For example, if you are writing a paper on the political compromises made on slavery, don't just search for slavery.  Search for materials on the Missouri Compromise, Wilmot Proviso, etc.  This will help you in finding useful materials.  Below are important links to help you:


  • EBSCO Database find the login name and password in our research folder in Schoology (located under Common Course Content). This is an excellent place to start your research!
  • Student Resource Center - this online database is funded by the Bishop Kenny Media Center.  If you are accessing this from home, you will need to enter a password.  Check the BKHS Media Center website for more information.
  • Links bookmarked on Delicious by Mr. Broach


As you research, it is recommended that you make notecards.  For each source, write a "source card" with the proper citation for the source you are making.  This makes it easier when you place citations in your actual paper.  Next, take notes on these cards and number them (i.e. Source # 1 - Card # 1).

Once you have finished your research, review your outline for the paper and make any necessary changes.

Then, organize your notecards (what you learned from the research) based on your outline. 

Now, write the paper based on your outline and your notecards.

Once you have finished your first draft, proofread.  Edit.  Proofread again.  Have someone read your paper.  Proofread as many times as possible.

Also, remember to follow the basic writing rules.  PLEASE READ THE WRITING ADVICE DOCUMENT! (linked)

Submit your paper to well before the due date and then, check your originality report.  Remember our policy, "green means go."  If your similarity report in Turnitin is 25% or above, your paper will not be accepted for credit.


Additional Resources to Help:

         Sample MLA Paper (written as an example to illustrate how to set-up your paper and include proper citations).

         YouTube Channel on Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

         The Fumble Rules of Grammar