Writing a Great Research Paper

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Writing a Great Research Paper: Picking an A+ Topic Study Guide

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Writing a Great Research Paper: Picking an A+ Topic Study Guide
Introduction
Selecting the right topic for your research paper is a crucial first
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The Definition of a Research Paper
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A research paper is a paper that: • presents an original approach to some academic topic, • organized around a central thesis, • using insights based on research, and • citing sources in a scholarly fashion.

Part 2: From Subject to Topic
The Hierarchy of a Research Paper
Research papers (and most examples of scholarly writing) follow the following hierarchy, focusing down from a highly general subject to a highly specific thesis:
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What Is Your Subject?
If you were assigned a subject, write it here: ____________________________________________________ If you were not assigned a subject, consider these strategies: #1. Look at the Table of Contents in the textbook for the course you’re studying. Which chapter, part, or section names cover people, things, places, events, or ideas that you have found especially interesting? Your subject could be one of these general areas. #2. Take a stroll through the library or bookstore, paying careful attention to books, periodicals, and other media that are related to the course you’re studying. Your subject could be one of the general areas covered by these materials. #3. Ask your teachers or professors for some guidance: In their experience, what sorts of subjects have their most successful students covered in their research

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