Gathering Information and Writing a Research Paper

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Gathering Information and Writing a Research Paper

Writing a research paper for the first time can be a difficult task if not given the proper instruction to complete such an assignment. Breaking a research paper down into separate tasks and sections might ease frustrations for the researcher and give them some fundamental tools for future research projects. A good question to ask your self is “Where do I begin my research?” Some students that are tasked with writing a research paper for the first time might struggle with the topic that they will choose depending on the writing assignment
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This can be appropriately abbreviated as IMRAD-C (Perneger, 2004). The first section of is the introduction will address a problem or a question the author will explain the reasoning and the conditions that will tie into the conclusion, also known as the thesis. But before the author begins the research he or she should have asked the fundamental questions. “What is the research question, and why is it important to ask it?” (Perneger, 2004 pg. 191) The question and objectives should be stated clearly and not leave the reader to guess. (Perneger, 2004) For example: What is the difference between paper and plastic? You can argue the different compositions and chemical make up between the two but this is a broad subject that can be narrowed down to a more manageable argument. For instance: Statistics show that customers who shop at grocery stores in America, prefer plastic bags over paper because the carrying strap is more accommodating to carry items in. Others might argue paper bags are more durable than plastic and have less of a chance to break while being carried. The introduction or thesis statement must make a claim and must not be based from opinion but actual data. Transitioning to explain the methods used to collect the data for the argument after the difference of opinion has been declared is the next step.
During the period the researcher is scouting for his or her information, detailed notes should have been taken on how they recorded