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What is a Research Paper?

WHAT IS A RESEARCH PAPER?

A research paper is an in-depth account about a specific topic. It based on facts and information collected as a result of thorough research of a topic.

A research paper requires that writers focus on a particular subject, develop a claim or thesis, and support their postitions with convincing evidence: background information, facts, statistics, and descriptions.  

 

 

CONTROVERSIAL RESEARCH

STEM CELL RESEARCH

Research

 

Purpose of Assignment?

You will research an issue (either local or global), write a 900 to 1200 word essay with in text citations and a Works Cited page, prepare a powerpoint presentation, and then present your issue to the class. You will be writing an essay that will include the following: Introduction Paragraph - grabber, background information and thesis statement, a body which will include vital information regarding the issue, and a conclusion that brings the paper to a logical closure.  
 
 

CHOOSING A TOPIC

It is important to select a topic that interests you. Writing a research paper takes time and requires work; you will do your best work if you are interested in your topic. If you are having difficulties deciding on a topic, a great resource is at your fingertips: THE LIBRARY RESOURCES PAGE!

  Follow the link below, under Current Events and Issues there are 3 wonderful databases that will help you choose a topic.  Each database has unique and diverse information that will be great for both choosing a topic and doing research.

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