How to Write a Research Paper

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How To Write A Research Paper
This guide covers research papers, and provides advice on forming a title for your research paper, how to plan your paper before you start, and filtering material for your research paper.
What is a research paper?
The terms 'research paper' and 'term paper' are frequently used interchangeably. However, the terms do not mean the same thing. 'Term paper' was used in the past exclusively to refer to the project (indeed research based) that was due at the end of a term, semester or quarter whereas 'research paper' had a more specific meaning, i.e. a paper written as a summary of research. Hence 'research papers' may be written at any level (before, during and after attending university), they may be published
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If you do this as you perform the research, you'll save yourself hours of time later on.
Here are some research tips to get you started:
RESEARCH STEP 1 * Form a list of keywords from your research paper's working title * Use a thesaurus to find words that mean the same thing as your list of keywords
RESEARCH STEP 2
Most students will begin researching using the Internet and indeed, this is a great way to get ideas for your research paper. So start with Google, type in your keywords and bookmark the most relevant information sites that appear in relation to the issue. Then identify all current matters that relate to your issue from those sites.
Note: Internet websites provide a fast source of up-to-date information but unfortunately they are not a reliable source. Use a search of the web as a starting point but unless the website is hosted and edited by a 'reliable' organization (such as the Government), don't rely on its contents as a source for your research paper. Find another means of verifying the information.
RESEARCH STEP 3
Now you've identified a list of issues and current debates for your research paper, you need to find some quality source material. The first stage is to find the most recent books written about the issue you're researching. Whilst books are not as up-to-date as journals and articles, they will contain valid points-of-view that need to be considered. So where do you find books for your research paper? *
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