Learning to Love the Research Paper. Or… at least learning to do it well!. Getting Started. Finding a Topic Developing an Effective Research Question. Finding a Topic. Write about what you know. Whenever possible, seek out a research topic that
Or… at least learning to do it well!
1. Interests you and that you care about.
2. Knowledge that you already have.
3. Develop an angle that will interest you, then run the idea by your instructor.
1. Find direction.
2. Narrow your scope. (*These help create thesis)
3. Relevant to the length of your paper.
4. Focused enough.
----Why is Oprah such a famous figure to society?
---- Why is Oprah considered a famous humanitarian for her charitable work with others?
1. Facts, quotes, and
2. Statistics; however, these have to be
3. Blended into your own thoughts and ideas to be effective.
4. Foundation NOW, so you can build your skills each year from here on up!
2. Aspect only.
4.Thesis statement through your thoughts and ideas,
5.Supported by the research you conduct.
1. print sources, non-print sources, and
2. electronic sources.
How do you know if a source is credible and reliable?
When determining if you should use a source you need to ask yourself the following:
1. wrote the information and can they be trusted to give clear and accurate info?
3. qualifications does the organization or author possess?
4. was the information published?
Is it current and relevant?
1. verified across multiple sources?
2. opinionated language?
Is it a .com, .gov, or .edu source ?
(you have to be careful with .com sites because they are commercial sites, which are easy for anyone to attain and use. This is when it is crucial to find qualifications for publishers and authors of sites.)
*Determine which would be appropriate to use!
When you bring research (quotations, paraphrases, facts, statistics, etc.) into your paper, you must give
This is done through a
5. rephrased into your own words-does not contain quotation marks
Attribution, which is where you give credit to the author within the citation