The biography section is not about you, even though I am sure you are a very interesting person. The biography refers to the person you are writing about in the paper. However, your paper should not be a report on the person. For example, if you were trying to prove that “The Gettysburg Address” was one of the most important speech that was ever given by an American president, you would focus on the speech, on the speech’s content, and on why it is the most important. You would, of course, talk about Lincoln, but keep that part to a minimum. The man is not the topic of the paper, the speech is the topic of the paper.
Do not include information that is not pertinent to the paper topic. You can, however, mention the birth date, birth city, and date of death. Beyond that keep all author biography details relevant to the paper topic.
As you write your research paper, follow these guidelines when it comes to the biographical portion of your research paper. Following these tips will make writing the paper an easier job for you.
There are two places where you can place the biography in the research paper. Put it in the background section of the introduction, or give it its own section within the body. Most teachers will tell you that if the paper is not specifically about the writer and that if you are only briefly mentioning him or her that the proper place for the biography is in the introductory paragraph.
A research paper will have many parts to it. Your teacher will tell you what he or she wants in the paper. If you are discussing a politician, president, author, or other famous person, as well as his works or accomplishments, you will need a section in the paper where you write the biography.
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.
To do all this, you may actually have had to start writing the research paper itself. Some people plan everything out before they begin writing; other people only figure out what they are trying to say by trying to write about it; others do some of each. So do not assume all the steps in this process are going to go in order, and you will be all finished with one before you go on to the next one. Thinking and writing are not usually that neat. You may find it helpful to start writing early, and loop back through all these steps often, with a better sense of what you are doing each time. (That's how I write.)
This brief guide provides some answers. From the outset, keep in mind one important point: Writing a research paperis in part about learning how to teach yourself.
Your are making progress. By this point you have begun to write your paper,you should have a good idea of what you are trying to say in it (yourthesis), and you should have a fairly clear sense of how you are goingto argue for your thesis.