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How to write a research paper

About Research Papers

Academic papers promote critical thinking. You must do one or more of the following:

  • Interpret - What does the information mean?
  • Evaluate - Does this source contain relevant information? Is it reliable?
  • Analyse - What do the data show?
  • Define - What is the issue? What do I have to say about it? How should I say it?
  • Compare - What are the other perspectives and interpretations?
  • Propose a problem - What doesn't work? What are the solutions?
  • Discuss - Why am I making this argument? Where might this discussion go?

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Elements of a Good Research Paper

5 Elements of a Good Research Paper

1) Topic / Thesis

    2) Research Strategy (Find and Evaluate Sources)

      3) Point of View

      • Balance, accuracy and fairness
      • Your point of view is clear and objective
      • Differing points of view are acknowledged

      4) Documention / Citations

        5) Writing Skills

          Adapted from Basic College Research, by Patricia Berge and Carol Lee Saffioti.

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