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Research Help

The following steps outline an effective research strategy needed to complete an essay, class presentation, or a term paper in most courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Writing Resources

KPU Online Writing Resources:

  • KPU Virtual Writing Centre - get help with grammar, analyzing texts, writing in different disciplines, avoiding plagiarism, and citing sources.
  • Online Writing Tutoring in the KPU Learning Centres - peer-based online tutoring service provides feedback on your academic writing!
  • Academic Writing Basics - Designed specifically for Kwantlen Polytechnic University students, this Pressbook offers interactive activities and strategies for developing academic writing skills. 

Other Resources

E-Books in the Library on Academic writing for students:

Library Books on Academic Writing: A Selection of print and e-books


Cite, Organize and Share Your Research

  • Remember, when writing a research paper, it is required that you properly credit or cite all sources used. If you do not cite your sources, you are plagiarizing the work of others - a serious academic offense and a violation of the university regulations!
  • Take a short quiz: Identifying Citations
  • Mendeley - is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.  Tips and Support are available form Mendeley website.
  • Zotero - a research tool that helps users collect and organize sources. Check Zotero screencast tutorials for more information.

You may be asked to prepare a literature review as an assignment, but more likely you are going to be expected to include a literature review as part of the introduction to your research paper. Properly done, a literature review is more than an annotated bibliography or summary of research articles. Your literature review should inform your readers of significant past research in your specialized topic, but also highlight critical issues, areas where research is lacking, or novel applications that your research is going to explore.

For some helpful tips on how to get started doing a literature review, see the University of Toronto Library's The Literature Review: A Few Tips on Conducting it.