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Before you start researching your topic, determine the type of paper you will be writing. See Types of papers for more information.

If you are writing an analytical/compare and contrast paper, or an argumentative persuasive essay, then you will require research evidence to support your argument.  If you are writing a personal reflective essay, you may have no research to do, as this type of essay requires you to write from personal experience.

How much research you will need to do will depend on:

  1. Your existing knowledge;
  2. Your knowledge gaps; and
  3. Any specific requirements outlined by the assignment (e.g. sometimes instructors will require a minimum number or type of sources to be used.)

There are a variety of resources and search tools available within the Royal Roads Library collection and on the Internet. The next two sections will look at the information landscape and associated search tools.

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