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Huber: Exploring a Writer and Writing a Research Paper: MU Libraries Gateway

English 1000

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Scholarly Researching

Use scholarly articles to help give your paper more credibility. 

Scholarly articles are written by researchers, professors, or students and are published in research or academic journals. Scholarly articles (also known as peer-reviewed or refereed articles) have the highest level of credibility because they have been put through a rigorous system of review as other experts in the author's field of research check the article for accuracy.  Many databases have a way to limit to scholar/peer reviewed articles. 

If you are not sure about the credibility of an article or source, evaluate the source using our Evaluating Information page.

Background Resources

A Research Question

Formulating a research question can be the hardest part of the process.

A research question is what you really want to find/discover. It is a clear, focused, concise, complex and arguable question around which you center your research. It guides your literature search.

State your research topic as a question.

Sample Research Question: Is there a relationship between stress and eating disorders among college students?

Remember:  Once you have a research question, you are not stuck with it.  You can adjust, refocus your research question once you start researching.