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Research Paper Checklist

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A research paper checklist is an essential tool, because the task of putting together a quality paper involves many steps. Nobody writes a perfect report in one sitting!

Before you get started on your project, you should review the checklist on research ethics.

Later, once you have finished the final draft of your research paper, you can use this checklist to make sure that you have remembered all the details.

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Research Paper Checklist

First Paragraph and Introduction Yes Needs Work
Introductory sentence is interesting    
The thesis sentence is specific    
The thesis statement makes a clear declaration that I back up with examples    
Body Paragraphs    
Does each paragraph begin with a good topic sentence?    
Do I provide clear evidence to support my thesis?    
Have I used examples with citations evenly throughout the work?    
Do my paragraphs flow in a logical manner?    
Have I used clear transition sentences?    
Paper Format    
Title page meets assignment requirements    
Page numbers are in the right location on the page    
Page numbers start and stop on the right pages    
Each citation has a bibliography entry    
In-text citations checked for proper formatting    
Proofreading    
I've checked for confusing word errors    
I've checked for logical flow    
My summary restates my thesis in different words    
Meeting the Assignment    
I mention previous research or positions on this topic    
My paper is the right length    
I've used enough sources    
I've included the required variety of source types    
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