This Chapter outlines the logical steps to writing a good research paper. To achieve supreme excellence or perfection in anything you do, you need more than just the knowledge. Like the Olympic athlete aiming for the gold medal, you must have a positive attitude and the belief that you have the ability to achieve it. That is the real start to writing an A+ research paper.
Choose a topic which interests and challenges you. Your attitude towards the topic may well determine the amount of effort and enthusiasm you put into your research.
A research paper is primarily a discussion or argument based on a thesis, which includes evidence from several collected sources.
While it may seem like a monumental project to write a research paper, it is really a straightforward process that you can follow, step by step. Before you get started, make sure you have plenty of note paper, several multi-colored highlighters, and a pack of multi-colored index cards.
Although this list suggests that there is a simple, linear process to writing such a paper, the actual process of writing a research paper is often a messy and recursive one, so please use this outline as a flexible guide.
Many Americans could name every major league player, his batting average, and other accomplishments.
(What batting records were set?)
- Lists source (World Book, Volume 2, page 133)
- Includes heading or subtopic
- Is limited to one fact
- Has personal note/question
Bad note card:
Ty Cobb (Detroit Tigers) outfielder one of the great all-time players. Another star was Honus Wagner, a bowlegged shortstop.
Year after year, students find that the report called the research paper is the part of the science fair project where they learn the most. So, take it from those who preceded you, the research paper you are preparing to write is super valuable.
The short answer is that the research paper is a report summarizing the answers to the research questions you generated in your background research plan. It''''''''''''''''s a review of the relevant publications (books, magazines, websites) discussing the topic you want to investigate.
Research papers are generally longer pieces of written work than essays. Writing a research paper involves all of the steps for writing an essay plus some additional ones.
To write a research paper you must first do some research, that is, investigate your topic by reading about it in many different sources, including books, magazines, newspapers, and the Internet. In some cases you may also conduct interviews. The information you gather from these sources is then used to support the points you make in your paper.
This list of steps is a guideline for you to use. Not everyone will do these steps in the same order and you may go back and forth between them.
5. Using the general overview, begin to focus the topic into something you can cover well.