Summary: This handout provides detailed information about how to write research papers including discussing research papers as a genre, choosing topics, and finding sources.
This handout provides detailed information about how to write research papers including discussing research papers as a genre, choosing topics, and finding sources.
Although this list suggests that there is a simple, linear process to writing such a paper, the actual process of writing a research paper is often a messy and recursive one, so please use this outline as a flexible guide.
Learning how to summarize information clearly and succinctly is one of the most important skills you can learn in college. Your primary goal in this assignment is to summarize, in your own words, what is known about a topic, including the current state of knowledge. Your paper should summarize recent work and provide a historical perspective (remember science does not occur in a vacuum but builds on earlier results and observations). Follow the guidelines below and consult chapter 8 in 7th edition for further details.
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.