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A research paper is not simply an informed summary of a topic by means of primary and secondary sources. It is neither a book report nor an opinion piece nor an expository essay consisting solely of one's interpretation of a text nor an overview of a particular topic. Instead, it is a genre that requires one to spend time investigating and evaluating sources with the intent to offer interpretations of the texts, and not unconscious regurgitations of those sources. The goal of a research paper is not to inform the reader what others have to say about a topic, but to draw on what others have to say about a topic and engage the sources in order to thoughtfully offer a unique perspective on the issue at hand.
--The Purdue OWL, “Genre and research paper”
You have to read a lot!
Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc, Rabat, <http://bnm.bnrm.ma:86/Accueil.aspx
Traditional Print Sources
--The Purdue OWL, “Types of sources”
When you find a book or website on your research topic, even if it’s not useful to you, turn to the back and read the list of sources that the author used. This is called a bibliography.
This is a quick way to learn what people writing about this topic read!
· What person or organization is the source of this information?
· What do I know about him, her, or it?
· How could I check the source’s reliability?
· How current is the information; is any of it out-of-date?
· Why is the person writing this piece? Is it for information, entertainment, opinion, or marketing/advertisement purposes? If for information, is the writer objective?
· How does the information compare with information in other sources?
--writesite.org “How to do research”
“Gather these general sources, and keep a bibliographic record of them…”
--Agnes Scott College Writing Center Handout No.2, “Research Papers”