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Research Process and Scholarship

A guide for capstone and thesis students

The ultimate goal of academic research and writing is to demonstrate your ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize current research, key theories and theorist, and foundational studies into your own research.  It is this connection with a community of scholars that enriches your project.

Academic research includes the following:

  • Acknowledges impact of research by scholars within the discipline
  • Ethically gives credit to sources (cite it)
  • Follows the style guide used by your discipline (APA, MLA, Chicago, or AMA)
  • Incorporates the formal style of writing (3rd person / past tense)

Academic Research & Writing As Scholarly Communication

How to Find Reliable Sources

Learn how to find reliable sources to use in your academic papers, including how to search for sources, evaluate sources, and organize sources with a reference management system.

Academic Writer

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The following resources are part of the Citation Style Guide:

  • Citation Builders & Managers
  • Style Guides - APA, MLA, AMA, Chicago
  • Training Videos & Handouts


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Also, check out the Library's Guide about the Sage Research Methods Collections: