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What is a Research Paper?

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Research paper may refer to:

  • Academic paper (also called scholarly paper), which is published in academic journals and contains original research results or reviews existing results or show a totally new invention
  • Position paper, an essay that represents the author’s opinion
  • Term paper, written by high school or college students
  • Thesis or dissertation, a document submitted in support of a candidature for a degree or professional qualification, presenting the author’s research and findings

They may also refer to:

  • Academic publishing, the subfield of publishing which distributes academic research and scholarship.
  • Academic writing, which is any writing assignment given in an academic setting.
  • Scientific writing, which reports original, empirical and theoretical work within a scientific field.

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Ten Tips For Writing A Research Paper

  1. If you are given the option select a topic that you can relate to.  Yes, choose something you are really  interested in or have been curious about investigating.  Researching the topic for data and  information will be much more enjoyable and you will be able to sustain the full writing process because of your interest in it.
  2. Plan a “blueprint” of what your research paper is going to look like and what material you want to cover.  This will keep your writing organised and ensure that all important matters are covered.
  3. If you are given the option select a topic that you can relate to.  Yes, choose something you are really  interested in or have been curious about investigating.  Researching the topic for data and  information will be much more enjoyable and you will be able to sustain the full writing process because of your interest in it.
  4. There are two thoughts on titles. Some say they can be very limiting. Others say they are a prime part of the ‘blueprint’ and should be defined early in the planning process.  Those that say that they are limiting say your writing can stray away from original thoughts and plans.  The people who think titles should be established early also think the same about introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, and thesis statements being established early in the planning process as well.
  5. Some experienced research paper writers like writing note cards with their ideas on them.  Mapping their ideas with a mind map diagram structure. Doing  this will help you organise and create the research paper you are wanting to achieve.  This planning will also help you avoid plagiarism by using the outline structure used in other similar research reports. If you do this you will find the benefits of narrowing a topic down to subsections and selecting a specific area of preference to focus on.
  6. Plan the development of your thesis.  This will introduce the topic and primary focus of the research paper. It is imperative to develop at least a rough outline of the thesis before endeavoring to write the paper. It should be noted, however, that a thesis can be manipulated throughout the writing process to better suit the purpose of a paper. Prewriting and research are necessary accompaniments when composing a potential thesis statement.
  7. It’s imperative to use transitions appropriately. Transitions should be a mix of the last sentences or idea you wrote and blending into what you’re going to say next.  The more thought put into these the more engaged your reader will be or higher marks you will get if your research paper is being marketed by an examiner.
  8. Equally as important as transitions, is the balance you use in paragraphs paraphrases, quotes and sentence structure. A higher ratio of paraphrases and quotations is important, however, an excess of quotes can compromise the quality of the paper and indicate a lack of effort. When a direct quote is used, it is expected that you know why and where it relates to your point being made.  Remember to include your own sentences that are based on and support points made in your quotes.
  9. Record your sources. There is nothing more important than to note the sources of your research paper material as you progress.  Doing this will save your time and the frustration of searching back for them maybe weeks after your original research.  Its important to keep a bibliography as you write,  citing each source as you refer to it in your writing. .
  10. The use of consistent  in-text citation styles, works cited, references page styles, and heading or title page formats.  Even page numbers need to be consistent and fitting an appropriate recognised standards.

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