8 Free Websites for Writing a Research Paper

Beginning Steps

Steps in Writing a Research Paper -from Empire State College, this site will walk you through the steps of writing a research paper with worksheets to help, such as choosing a research question, developing a thesis, and evaluating sources.

Owl – Purdue’s Online Writing Lab – step by step instructions for writing a research paper and OWL exercises to help you understand portions of writing papers, ex. Writing Numbers – when to spell them out or write them digitally


If you have trouble finding resources to start, Easy Bib has a Research section that will show you the bibliographies of other users that researched the same topic. It labels each entry as credible or maybe credible to not credible.

If you need more help with writing your paper you can check the Edusson research paper writing service.  The writers walks you through writing a paper from Brainstorming an idea to proofreading and revising.

Citelighter – downloadable tool bar that lets you highlight and save resources puts them on a page with the citation at the bottom of the page. The notes can be rearranged and when imported into Word, the citations become the Bibliography. They have Knowledge cards of research being done by other people. If your topic is not among them they will help create one for you.

Evaluating Web Sites – Cornell University’s Library has a printer-friendly webpage to help you evaluate the sites you may want to use in your research

Paper Review

Paper Rater – Free online grammar checker, plagiarism detector, word choice, sentence length, spelling, etc.

Plagiarism Checker – Checks phrases from your document, allows you to create a Google alert on your phrases

Bibliography Makers

BibMe – Free automatic bibliography maker can be downloaded in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formats

Sample Research Paper Template

Outline Thesis Statement in Research Paper


I. Introduction

II. Early family life

III. Adult life

IV. Career

V. Accomplishments

VI. Conclusion: Thesis (Why is this person a hero?)

Name (First and Last)
Date (5 May 2015)

(Introduction) Hook and thesis

Body #1 Early life

Body #2 Adult life

Body #3 Career

Body #4 Accomplishments

Conclusion (Thesis and answer the question “Why is this person a hero?”)

Grading Rubric

Thesis statement is one sentence.
Thesis statement has three main points.

There are notes from three sources. One source should be a book.
Works Cited page should be filled out using citationmachine.net as notes are taken from each source
Each source should have one direct quote. The page number should be included for the book.

Finalized thesis should be written in the box on the Outline page.
Outline body paragraphs are written in sentence form. These sentences should become the topic sentence for each paragraph.

Rough draft
Introduction has a hook and a thesis.
Research paper body has two direct quotes with internal citations.
Each body paragraph has a topic sentence.
Each paragraph is indented.
There is adequate detail from research for each paragraph.
There are good transitions between ideas.
Spelling is correct.
Capitalization is correct.
Punctuation is correct.
The thesis is restated in the conclusion.

Final draft
Font should be for Verdana 12/ doublespaced.
All information should be converted from the template to actual student information.
Page numbers should be correct.
Works cited entries should be in alphabetical order.

Step by Step Procedure for Completing the Research Paper

Directions: Check each box as it is completed.

  • Download the “Sample Research Paper Template” into your student folder.
  • Choose a topic (role model) from the choices your teacher provides.
  • Have your teacher initial and date the first box “Topic.”
  • Write a working thesis statement in the box on your contract page. It can be a simple statement of why you think this person is a role model.
  • Have your teacher initial and date the second box “Working Thesis Statement.”
  • Complete all three sources by taking notes in the correct section.
  • As you choose your source capture the URL and immediately copy and paste it into the Work Cited section of your Sample Research Paper Template.
  • Make sure to copy a quote from each source. If it is a book be sure and write down the page number.
  • Have your teacher initial and date the third box “3 Sources and Notes.”
  • Since you have researched and know more about your topic, add information to your thesis on your Outline. Decide on three reasons that this person is a good role model. Make sure your thesis statement is one sentence long.
  • Summarize each paragraph into a single topic sentence.
  • Have your teacher initial and date the fourth box “Outline.”
  • Make sure that the correct information is entered on your Cover page, Outline page, and Works Cited page.
  • Using the information you have gathered in each category, begin filling in your Research section.
  • Make sure that you have at least two quotes that are correctly cited within your paper.
  • Have your teacher initial and date the fifth box “Rough Draft.”
  • Check your paper against the Grading Rubric.
  • Copy your paper.
  • Choose a peer editor to highlight spelling, capitalization, punctuation, organization, and clarity errors.
  • Have the peer editor initial and date the sixth box “Peer Edit.”
  • Using peer suggestions, make changes in your rough draft as needed. Make sure the pages on your Research Paper are numbered correctly. Make sure that you have 2 properly cited quotes.
  • Copy your final draft and turn in your Research Paper on top, your Research Paper Contract next, and your Grading Rubric.