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How do I write an academic research paper?

A step-by-step playbook to the research and writing process. Modified with permission from Johnson & Wales University, Denver.

Locating Information

Before starting your research, it's important to understand the types of information sources available. They include:

To create the most effective and efficient searches, utilize the search strategies listed under step 2f of this guide.

Off-Campus Instructions

padlockDid you know that you can do everything at home that you can do on campus? All of the library's resources require that you log in with your MyPVCC username and password. A login screen will appear automatically when you click on a link from within this guide or on the library's Web page.

Types of Sources

Interlibrary Loan

If you come across materials you need for your research and the library does not own them, request them through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.