Before reading this section about producing a research paper, be sure to check out these step-by-step guides which will prepare you to write your paper:
How can I do exegesis on a biblical passage?
How do I find the best resources?
With this knowledge in mind, you should be well on your way to writing a good biblical studies research paper. The following section will walk you through the four critical stages of preparing and writing an academic paper.
The material linked to below is adapted from the Tyndale Seminary Research and Writing Guide (PDF) written by Dr. Jeff Greenman and revised by Dr. Arnold Neufeldt-Fast. The whole guide can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
How to organize your research process
How to write an effective paper
How to cite your sources properly (footnotes and bibliographies)
How to avoid plagiarism
For further reading:
Margot Northey, Bradford A. Anderson, and Joel N. Lohr, Making Sense in Religious Studies: A Student’s Guide to Research and Writing (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2011). Specifically designed for students in religious studies, this book offers up-to-date, detailed information on writing essays and short assignments, doing comparative research, evaluating internet sources, proper documentation, avoiding plagiarism, reading religious texts, learning foreign languages, and more. Maintaining the same clear, straightforward style of the other books in the series, this comprehensive guide is an invaluable resource for students throughout their academic careers and beyond.