Writing research papers is an important part of your college learning experience, training you to research and write effectively. However, if you don't know how to start, writing a research paper can be a daunting task. Don't worry! We will guide you through the process. The sections in this step-by-step guide allow you to learn at your own pace. Revisit the information as much as you need. Let's get started!
A research paper is an expanded essay that presents your investigation and argument on a focused topic based on the information you gathered. It demonstrates not only your understanding of available information from experts in the area of your research, but also your evaluation and insight on the subject matter through an orderly and logical presentation of your argument.
Make sure you know the requirements of your specific assignment. But in general, a good research paper will have the following qualities:
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Following the research process will help you with your paper.
Select a Topic
Find Background Information
Formulate a Thesis Statement
Create an Outline
Locate and Retrieve Materials
Write the Paper
Review Paper and Citations