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How to Write a Research Paper. Purpose. To inform the reader about something important. The look at a certain area/topic in depth. What are Some Possible Topics. Person of interest (Athlete, Politician, Citizen, Celebrity … ) Event (Disaster, Game, Court Decision … )

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purpose
Purpose
  • To inform the reader about something important.
  • The look at a certain area/topic in depth.
what are some possible topics
What are Some Possible Topics
  • Person of interest (Athlete, Politician, Citizen, Celebrity…)
  • Event (Disaster, Game, Court Decision…)
  • Ideas (Inventions, Education, Politics)
where do i look for a topic
Where do I look for a topic?
  • -Newspaper
  • -Internet News (ABC, NBC, CNN…)
what do i do once i have my topic
What do I do once I have my topic?
  • Find some background information on it.
  • Look on the Internet, News, Newspaper, Dictionary…
  • Create or find a drawing, diagram, or picture that goes with your topic.
what do i do with the information
What do I do with the information?
  • -Write it down!
  • -Organize the three or more subtopics(helps later on with the essay structure).
  • -Create a multiple-paragraph essay that tells the reader about your topic.
  • -Tell the reader why it’s important to know about your topic.
  • -Five-paragraph format is one option.
  • -Use the rubric to guide your writing.
how do i cite my sources
How Do I Cite My Sources?
  • Review the handout titled “Get to the Sources!”
now that you have the what to do s here is a quick list of what not to do
Now that you have the “what to do’s”, here is a quick list of “what not to do”.
  • Don’t forget to cite all sources (newspaper, URL (internet sites), pictures, diagrams…)
  • Don’t add your opinion on everything, this is not a persuasive essay.
  • Use more than one source!
  • Stay away from just making a list of facts…instead build on a few.