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For course papers, follow the tabs above to find assistance with selecting a research topic, selecting resources, using search strategies, evaluating resources, synthesizing ideas, citing resources, and assessing your paper.  A resource list is also available.

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How To Write a 5 Paragraph Essay

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How To Write A 5 Paragraph Essay in Less Than 30 Minutes

A simple 5 paragraph essay may take quite a bit longer than 30 minutes if you add in time for research, editing, and proofreading; however, the organizational tips in this tutorial may be quite helpful.   Research papers are usually longer than 5 essay paragraphs, and they will take longer than 30 minutes.  Ask your teacher for the page requirements.  Research papers requiring extra time for library research should be started at least 2 weeks before they are due.  The topic statement may appear anywhere within the introductory paragraph and should be reworded slightly within the concluding paragraph.

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