UNDERSTAND THE ASSIGNMENTRead it through a couple of times. Highlight key wordsany main prompting words and any action words. CHOOSE a WORKABLE PROMPT/TOPICMost instructors offer more than one option for a research paper. If you have a choice, decide which prompt you will do according to which you want to do, that which you have interest in. You must do what interests you--otherwise you will be miserable through the researching and writing phases and your reader(s) will be miserable reading it.What if you dont care for any of the options?
Writing about Nazism in ten pages will not be sufficient space to cover everything needing coverage; the five most heinous medical atrocities practiced on men at Auschwitz will.DEVELOP A WORKING THESIS--While you search for topics/themes that interest you, and later, as you narrow the topic, you will have to come up with a point, a main point, so the paper doesnt just hang there with a bunch of facts/ideas stacked on it.Ask yourself those curious questionsthen answer them. The answer(s)written down in complete sentence(s)will be your thesis statement(s).Consider what if scenarios
Consider what your colleagues/peers/friends/family members experts think about the topic at hand. Do you agree? Go with their opinion as your thesis statement. Do you disagree? Go with your position, then, turning it into a thesis statement. Consider the assignment. Does it ask you, specifically, to answer a question? Your answer, once you add up all of your research/ideas/ observations, should equal a complete statement. WRITE and/or SUBMIT AN OUTLINEI promise it helps to have a set of sub-topics you can write down and post next to your desk or pc, referring to the outline as you go so you stay focused anchored.COLLECT RESOURCESUse a combination of books, periodicals, professional/academic journals, surveys or polls, the Net, interviews; the World Wide Web (being careful to use reliable sources), media materialsaudio/video/ newspapers/microfiche/microfilm. (Ask for help using and citing all of these.)DO A BIBLIOGRAPHY-immediately! Before you read any thing or person thoroughly, write down the sources information. This is vital, as if you forget and write the paper and do the bibliography lastafter your human sources have gone or you have returned written materials or left Internet links long agoyou will be missing dates, names, titles, and page numbers you need for accuracy.READING and TAKING NOTES for a RESEARCH Compostable Coffee Cups Manufacturers PAPERWhen reading a piece for a paper, you are reading to take away something you need. Do not read whole books. No time for that.1. Read the table of contents (in front)-find key words, ideas, people, related to your paper, and read just that /those chapter/s.2. Use the index (in back), seeking out only key themes/phrases/words that apply to your research.3. Look at each books bibliography/works cited page/s [at very end of book/article] for suggested sources.Cite your source every time you use direct (word-for-word) quotes. Cite your source every time you do not use direct wording but do use any fact/theory/date you did not come up with yourself (indirect quotes). DRAFT THE PAPERUse the same components in a research paper that you would in an English assignment (using headers in the scientific/psych. experiment papers):Use clear appropriate diction, and a scholarly/mature toneUse an engaging opener/ introduction. Use a complete, thoughtful, fresh and original thesis.Make sure your paragraphs are well-ordered, your syntax (sentences) are orderly, varied, and well-punctuated.And make sure your spelling and punctuation is clean!You are on your way to your first research paper. Make it a great one!