Most research papers fall into one of three categories: analytical, expository, or argumentative.
Research will help you in several ways: As you read and evaluate the information you discover, take notes.
Keep track of your reference materials so you can cite them and build your bibliography later.
A prospectus is a formal proposal of a research project developed to convince a reader (a professor or research committee, or later in life, a project coordinator, funding agency, or the like) that the research can be carried out and will yield worthwhile results.
—Wichita State University Department of English Although we’ll focus more on the organization and writing of a research paper in this article, the research process is an important first step.
Create columns for elements you want to include in your paper as well as information necessary for your citations/bibliography.
Columns can include headings such as Title, Author, Reference link, Page number, and Quotes. Don’t skip the organization step—it’s critical to your paper’s success.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) and other university writing lab websites are excellent resources to help you understand what information you’ll need to collect to properly cite references.
Here’s a tip: Try storing your notes in a spreadsheet.
Without it, your paper will lack focus and you’ll spend much more time in the revision process trying to make sense of your jumbled thoughts.
The thesis statement is a sentence that summarizes the main point of your essay and previews your supporting points.