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How to write a graduate-level essay

Step-by-step guidance and resources for planning, researching, and writing essays as a graduate student.

Double-check your research

Woman working on a laptopUsing your document plan as a guide, revisit the research resources you have already collected to see if there are any areas where you need more information.  If your thesis statement has changed from your first draft, you will need to do further research. 

Tip: If you followed the recommendations on how to read and absorb the information you find, then it should not take too long to identify any gaps in the information you've collected thus far, and you can quickly move on to searching for the last pieces of information to finish up the research component of your paper.

Doing original research:

If the paper you are preparing to write requires you to gather data by conducting your own research (e.g. surveys, interviews), the Royal Roads Library has a subscription to the SAGE Research Methods Online database, which can provide guidance around research methodologies.  For other research methodology resources, see the Research Methods guide.

Reminder: If your research will involve surveying or interviewing human subjects, please look into the ethical review process to get a better understanding of what you can or cannot do.

If you need a refresher on searching for information, review the steps under Research the Topic.

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