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Research Basics for Junior and Senior High School Students: Write & Edit Your Paper

This guide will help Junior and Senior High School students understand the research process, identify scholarly sources, create a reference page, take notes, and more!

Take Notes & Start Writing

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On this page, you will learn how to:

  • Take notes
  • Compile a bibliography
  • Write your paper using a 5 paragraph format

Note Taking Tips

Note Taking: As you are reading about your topic, it's important to take good notes. You will use your notes for better understanding and to support your writing.  Notes are most effective when you are actively writing (or typing) in your own words. There are different methods of note taking. Experiment and find one that works for you!

Writing resource - Purdue OWL

Purdue OWL (online writing lab) resources will help you learn how to use various citations and format styles. This link contains resources on in-text citations and Works Cited pages, as well as Modern Language Association (MLA)  sample papers, slide presentations, and the MLA classroom poster.

How to Cite Sources (Bibliography)

Once you've gathered your resources, make your bibliography/citation page.

Watch how to give credit (cite) to your sources and why with North Carolina State University Libraries.

The Purdue OWL (online writing lab)

The Purdue Online Writing Lab has a Youtube playlist to help with the basics of paper formatting and citations. This playlist links to MLA style, but they have other styles as well.

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