Writing a Great Research Paper
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Com email: [email protected] Com phone: 1-800 -238-1512 or 516-939- 0707 fax: 516-935-5552 mail: Video Aided Instruction, Inc. P. O. Box 332 Rosily Heights, NY 11577- 0332 Part 1: What Is a Research Paper? The Definition of a Research Paper A research paper is a paper that: presents an original approach to some academic topic, organized around a central thesis, using insights based on research, and citing sources in a scholarly fashion.Part 2: From Subject to Topic The Hierarchy of a Research Paper Research papers (and most examples of scholarly writing) follow the following hierarchy, focusing down from a highly general subject to a highly specific thesis: What Is Your Subject? If you were assigned a subject, write it here: If you were not assigned a subject, consider these strategies: #1. Look at the Table of Contents in the textbook for the course you’re studying.
Which chapter, part, or section names cover people, things, places, events, or ideas that you have found especially interesting? Your subject could be one of these general areas. #2.Take a stroll through the library or bookstore, paying careful attention to books, periodicals, and other media that are related to the course you’re studying. Your subject could be one of the general areas covered by these materials. #3. Ask your teachers or professors for some guidance: In their experience, what sorts of subjects have their most successful students covered in their research papers? What sorts of subjects have they rarely seen a research paper cover but would find most interesting? List some potential subjects here (later, when you decide on your specific subject, circle 3 Copyright C 2007 Video Aided Instruction, Inc.All Rights Reserved What IS your TOPiC? If you were assigned a topic, write it here: For more information, call 1-800 -238-1512 or visit us online at videoaidedinstruction.
Com. F you were not assigned a topic, consider these strategies for exploring various facets of your subject in order to focus on a topic: #1 . Think about an important turning point in the events within your subject. Your topic could elate to the causes or effects of this turning point. #2. Think about some fact you discovered that surprised you about your subject, something that thwarted your expectations. What made it surprising?Why did you expect something else? Your topic could relate to why your expectations were wrong.
#3. Think about an oversimplification that is commonly made regarding your Us object. Your topic could relate to the complexities that undermine this oversimplification. #4. Think about a trend or “story” that connects several different events within your subject. Your topic could relate to connecting these events together, tracing the trend or “story’ along the way. #5.
Think about two or more situations or personalities within your subject that have qualities that are either similar or different. What caused them to have these qualities?What effects did these qualities have? Your topic could relate to comparing and/or contrasting these situations or personalities. #6. Take a stroll through the library or bookstore, paying careful attention to books, periodicals, and other media that are related to the course you’re studying. When you find an interesting topic that is only addressed in about a dozen or so materials, consider addressing a similar or related topic in your research paper. #7. Ask your teachers or professors for some guidance: In their experience, what sorts of topics have their most successful students covered in their research papers?What sorts of topics have they rarely seen a research paper cover but would find most interesting? Your topic shouldn’t be so broad that literally hundreds of books or articles have been written about it (in which case it would be too broad, and thus large enough to be noninsured a subject).
Your topic shouldn’t be so narrow that only a handful of books or articles have been written about it (in which case it would be too narrow, and thus you would not be able to locate sufficient research sources).