Writing A Research Paper

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Writing A Research Paper

  1. 1. Writing a Research Paper<br />
  2. 2. Step 1: Research<br />Research<br />Research<br />More Research<br />Probably more<br />
  3. 3. Do<br />Browse and graze as widely as possible<br />Think about possible sub-topics and connections as you are working<br />Keep track of page numbers and citation information as you work<br />Read carefully and critically<br />
  4. 4. Don’t<br />Try to narrow your topic too soon. <br />Skip this step. <br />
  5. 5. Step 2 (overlaps with step 1)<br />Start organizing your material as you go along. <br />
  6. 6. Step 3<br />continue organizing, and create an outline<br />DON’T fall into the “3-point” trap. <br />BUT remember that paragraphs need development. <br />
  7. 7. Step 4 (this can overlap with step 3)<br />Start a “zero draft”<br />
  8. 8. Step 5<br />Create a thesis<br />Write your introduction<br />
  9. 9. Step 6<br />Write “real” draft<br />
  10. 10. Step 7<br />Revise<br />Revise<br />Revise some more<br />Consider doing a bit more research<br />
  11. 11. See why you need more than a couple of days to write a research paper?<br />
  12. 12. Finally<br />Submit finished copy to instructor<br />Heave a big sigh of relief…<br />

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