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English 1A Research Paper Guide: Getting Started

Research Guide created for Prof Do Cormo Engl 1a Research Paper

Guide Overview

Visit the tabs along the top of this guide to find information to help you complete your English 1A research paper. For help from a librarian or from writing tutors, see the Getting Help page.

Your Assignment

Make sure you have read and understand your assignment. 


  • Make sure you read the whole assignment - no one wants to get their grade knocked down just because they didn't take the time to read all the requirements. The fine details are important!
  • If you're not sure about what you're being asked to do, ask your instructor - it's better to clear up any misconceptions before you start on your project.
  • You may find it useful to start taking notes while you're reading through your assignment - jot down what you're thinking and questions you have - to help get your thinking started on your assignment.