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Written Professional Communication 0400 - Titusville Campus: Getting Started

Learn how to locate business related journal articles from our databases.

Written Professional Communication Research Assignment

This guide will assist you in completing your research assignment for Dr. Hall's Written Professional Communication 0400 class. Here you will find information on which databases to search to find articles on your topic; information on how to evaluate the sources that you have found; and information on setting up your research paper, in-text citations, and References list following APA style.

It will also provide you with links to helpful sites and to connecting to Pitt's Digital Library from home. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the library or stop by the library to talk with a librarian.

NOTE: You can click Print Page on any page of this research guide to print a copy of all resources and their URLs, where applicable.

  The Research Process At-A-Glance

The following steps outline a simple and effective way for finding information for a research paper and citing the sources you find. 

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • State your topic/problem in the form of a question.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject within your question. For example:
    • cyber school
    • online degrees
    • zero tolerance effects
    • school uniforms effects
    • athletes graduation rates
  • Search subject oriented databases to locate journal articles.
  • Revise your topic, if necessary.
  • Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your journal articles carefully!
  • Decide which articles to include in your research paper. 
  • Cite the sources you find following MLA format.
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

The link below will help you refine your research topic.

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