The basic strategy for writing a paper is:
1. Use the "Background Sources" tab above to search our library catalog, online encyclopedias, e-books, etc. to get STARTed:
S = Subtopics (find areas to narrow the focus of your research topic)
T = Terminology (identify terms and keywords you will use to search in databases)
A = Authors (note who the key authors are in your research area)
R = References (start compiling references to articles, books, etc.)
T = Treatment (are you doing a literature review, a historical review, an experimental analysis?)
2. Use the article databases in the "Find Articles / Use Databases" tab above to get primary and secondary level articles that will support your research and provide your core references.
3. Use the "Citation Resources" tab to learn about peer-review, literature levels, and reference styles. Here, you can get RefWorks software and create your bibliographies automatically.
All of the above is facilitated from within this Subject Guide. From here, you can pretty much get all the info you need to explore your topic, get articles, prepare references, and start writing!
For additional information on elements of research, writing your paper, and writing styles, see the Step by Step Research Guide