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History Seminar Research Paper Guide: Step 4: Use the information - Write!

Use the information!

Now that you have all these books and articles and other resources what do you do with them.  Read them!  Take notes of points you want to make in your paper, pull out quotes you want to use.  If you taped a personal interview listen to the tape and take notes. 

The most important thing is to write down all the information about your sources: title, author, publication date, publisher and if it is an article where you accessed it, the title of the magazine or journal it came from and the volume and issue number.  This information is for your bibliography of sources.  You can also assign each source a number so when you are writing you can write (4) to denote that the quote/information came from source number four. This helps eliminate plagiarism and makes writing easier.