This handout provides detailed information about how to write research papers including discussing research papers as a genre, choosing topics, and finding sources.
Summary: This handout provides detailed information about how to write research papers including discussing research papers as a genre, choosing topics, and finding sources.
Becoming an experienced researcher and writer in any field or discipline takes a great deal of practice. There are few individuals for whom this process comes naturally. Remember, even the most seasoned academic veterans have had to learn how to write a research paper at some point in their career. Therefore, with diligence, organization, practice, a willingness to learn (and to make mistakes!), and, perhaps most important of all, patience, a student will find that she can achieve great things through her research and writing.
Butif you follow the commandments above, you will be well on your way to writinggood research papersand hopefully learn something about an important politicalor social topic along the way.
Tables, graphs or other illustrationsshould be included if they support your overall thesis. These are only a few guidelines on how to write research papers.
For example, a paper on What happened during theMexican revolution? requires the author to do no more than list factsand datesa good encyclopedia entry, maybe, but not a good research paper.
Those are skills that you willuse in any profession you might eventually pursue. To write first-rate research papers, follow the following simple ruleswell,simple to repeat, but too often ignored by most undergraduates.
A good research paper is balanced with every side or argument of a topic. Objective writing means including arguments that take a different position and explaining those opposing viewpoints thoroughly within the body of your paper. You can refute opposing views with supporting evidence that logically shows why your unbiased argument is a stronger one. In addition, include reliable details and evidence that is supportive of your assertions and thesis statement.