Writing the Paper

Working on a research paper? Use the following guidelines and resources to get started.  

Choosing a Topic 

Your assignment instructions will provide guidance on choosing a topic and may specify the number and types of information sources allowed.    

  • Consider the required length of the assignment 
  • Choose a topic that is broad enough that you can find enough information… 
  • But not so broad that you are overwhelmed with thousands of results 

The Credo Reference database is a good source of background information to start your research.  

Finding Resources:  


A search from the UNE Library homepage will give you quick access to books, articles, films and more – you can use the menu on the left-hand side of the screen to refine your search results if you get too many.

Subject guides 

Subject guides for each program provide recommendations for relevant databases and other resources.   

UNE Library Catalog 

Perform a keyword or subject search in the UNE Library catalog to locate books and ebooks on your topic.  

Evaluating Resources 

Evaluating your resources carefully is an important step in every project. Make sure that you are following your instructor’s directions on the types of resources that are acceptable for your assignment.  

Academic integrity is important at UNE. Understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Manage your Citations 

UNE provides RefWorks Citation Management software. RefWorks allows you to collect all your resources in one place, then format and insert citations directly into your Microsoft Word or Google documents. Learn to use RefWorks. 

Style Manuals

Your assignments will likely specify a style manual to guide your writing and formatting of citations:

AMA – American Medical Association

AMA Manual of Style (ebook)

AMA Style Guide (PDF)

APSA – American Political Science Association

American Political Science Association Style Manual (ebook)

APA – American Psychological Association Style


APA Style Guide (PDF)

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (print book)

ASA – American Sociological Association Style

ASA Style Guide (from the OWL at Purdue University)

Quick Tips for ASA Style 

Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Manual of Style Online

Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (print book)

CSE -  Council of Science Editors Style

CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers (ebook)

CSE Style Guide (PDF)

MLA – Modern Language Association

Modern Language Association Handbook (print book)

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style Guide (PDF)

NLM – National Library of Medicine

NLM Citing Medicine: The NLM style guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (ebook)

Other resources



Student Academic Success Center       

UNE’s Student Academic Success Centers provide writing support. If you need help with organizing your paper, grammar and writing style, contact the Student Academic Success Center on your campus:



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