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Research Paper Guidelines and Tips


The Department's guidelines for the final research paper in the non-thesis option are below. An example of an excellent research paper is also provided. General tips and information sources on writing a research paper as well as giving a presentation are provided for your use.

Important Note
Every statement in your thesis or research paper must either be your own or a reference must be cited. In other words, you must avoid plagiarism (Plagiarism is the act of representing the work of another as your own. It may consist of copying, paraphrasing, or otherwise using the written or oral work of another without acknowledging the source. Plagiarism is grounds for suspension from the University.)

See "Citing References and Avoiding Plagiarism" for further guidance about how to avoid plagiarizing material.


SIUE CE Research Paper Guidelines
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Follow these guidelines when writing your research paper. With the approval of your Advisory Committee, a manuscript accepted for publication in a journal or conference proceedings may be used as the final research paper.



Example Research Paper
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A research paper, "Superpave Asphalt Design and Lab Setup," is shown as an example only. Follow the guidelines for exact requirements. This paper is not to be cited.

Information Sources and Tips
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Vesilind, P. Aarne. Public Speaking and Technical Writing Skills for Engineering Students. Woodsville, NH: Lakeshore Press. 1999.

Swales, J. and C. Feak. Academic Writing for Graduate Students. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. 1994.

Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. The Holt Handbook. Boston, MA: Thomson Heinle. 2002.

Evaluation of sources:

SIUE Writing Center

Courtesy of Dr. Seran Dogancay-Aktuna, English Language and Literature:

Courtesy of Dr. Kevin McClearey, Speech Communication:

  • PRAE: Prepare, Rehearse, Adapt, Evaluate

  • Delivering presentations
SIUE Speech Center