The process of writing follows the same basic format whether you are writing an essay, a short story, or a term paper:
Step 1: Brainstorming - also known as pre-writing. Choose a topic and determine what you already know (and do not know) about it.
Step 2: Research your topic. Take notes and organize your research material, being sure to track where source material was found.
Step 3: Write - don't worry about making it perfect, just get it on paper/screen. Do not forget to save!
Step 4: Edit - proofread, revise, correct, and finesse the content. Do NOT depend only on spell check!
Step 5: Check your facts and assure that any research used internally in the paper through in-text citations cross-references with full citations using the required assignment format, such as a Works Cited (MLA style) page, or References list (APA style).
Note: Be sure you understand the difference between a bibliography and a Works Cited or References list. A bibliography is typically a project that involves citing and summarizing potential sources you might use in a research paper. A Works Cited page or References list includes sources you actually used to support your discussion in a research paper.