The Research Project. Learning the Process. Writing a Research Paper. “ All Life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better” Ralph Waldo Emerson What is a research paper?
Learning the Process
“All Life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is a research paper?
"What is the ultimate effect of music-listening while studying on grades?"
An Argumentative paper uses evidence to convince the reader that your opinion is correct about a debatable topic. You will take a stand on an issue, then use evidence to back-up your statement.
“Listening to music while studying is in fact a beneficial activity to add to a study regime for better grades because of the way music motivates students and keeps them alert"Types of Research Papers
FIRST AND FOREMOST: MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR ASSIGNMENT!
Has your teacher already given you a topic to research – or even a thesis statement you must defend? If not, you must THINK! Here are a couple ways to look for inspiration:
Freewrite: Set the timer for five minutes and write down everything you can think of in no particular order.
Brainstorm: If you have a broad topic in mind, make a list of everything associated with this topic.
Cluster Diagram: Like brainstorming, but using a web instead.
Once you have some ideas, take a moment to think about possible thesis statements. Then think logically – will this work for the assignment?
Before we get started: Do Not Even Think of Copying! Check out this website for information on plagiarism.
Defining features of a thesis statement:
With the thesis statement completed, you now have a focus for your essay. Time to gather material!
Your first step in finding research is to locate book sources that have information on your topic
While you are in the library looking for books, check for miscellaneous sources that may aide you in your search. Some ideas include:
Next, try looking for articles that have been written about your subject.
Now you can search the Internet.
You will have to cite the sources of information you use within your paper, and you must create a works cited. Here’s how to do a source card:
Keep in mind, you MUST use pgs. 3-13 in your MLA book, or the back of the password sheet, to understand how to do this!!
Next you need to take notes. This means you will need to READ the materials you collected, and create note cards. Here is how to complete a note card:
Once you have completed all of your note cards, you must draft an outline. Outlines are a list of how your paper will be organized.
Title of Outline
I. Main Topic
A. Important subtopic
B. Important subtopic
II. Main Topic
See MLA book pg. 28 for sample and instruction for heading.
Click here to see sample outline for Shakespeare
Begin Paper………See MLA book pg. 29 for
Remember to include parenthetical, or internal, citations when you use information from your note cards. Citations go in parenthesis at the end of your sentence, but before the end punctuation. See your MLA handbook pg. 14-21 more info.
The most common ways to cite your source:
This is where your source cards come into play. If your source cards are done correctly, you will be able to transfer the information directly to the works cited. See your MLA book pg. 35 for sample.
Phew! You’re almost done.