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How to Write a Research Paper

A general process for writing a research paper at the college level.

Step 11

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Rewrite (Repeatable)

Take that paper you’ve just spent however long editing and put it through its paces from beginning to end. There are two ways you can do this:

  1. Start with a blank document, and rewrite the entire paper. Use this version when you’re making major changes.
  2. Save the first draft as a different version, and input the edits. Use this version for minor changes.

Mind you, you’re doing this while using the rough draft as a base. Once you’re done, go through the process of editing again. You’ll find it goes much easier this time. Finish that and you’ll have a **drum roll please** final draft.

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