There are numerous manuals and grammar books available to guide you through the process of writing an excellent research paper. The following resources are highly recommended.
Use the guide on Research 101
Tips for getting started:
Deconstruct your topic using the Brain Dump worksheet.
Follow these steps to organize your research:
Deconstruct your topic to uncover its complexities, to focus your research and to increase your search vocabulary. The more ways you have of describing and thinking about your topic, the more information you're likely to find. One method of deconstructing your topic is to is to fill out the Brain Dump Worksheet created for LD ARCH 170. Another term for deconstructing a research question is 'concept mapping'; see the Rhode Island School of Design Library's excellent slide show, Concept Mapping, for a visual tutorial.