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  1. 1. Research Papers Re =back Search =to look; to find
  2. 2. What is a research paper? <ul><li>A research paper is a summary of what others have already said or written on a given subject. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The only originality is: <ul><li>Your selection and organization of the material. </li></ul><ul><li>Your presentation and expression. </li></ul><ul><li>Your general conclusion. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The research paper is a presentation of facts which are: <ul><li>Based upon reading or consulting several specified sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented according to a standard method or procedure (process). </li></ul><ul><li>Limited to a relatively narrow phase of a subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Original in selection, evaluation, expression, and conclusion. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Seven Steps in the Process of Writing a Research Paper <ul><li>Select a topic and limit it. </li></ul><ul><li>Works cited. </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary outlines. </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and taking notes. </li></ul><ul><li>Assembling notes into final outline. </li></ul><ul><li>Rough draft. </li></ul><ul><li>Final draft with parenthetical documentation and works cited. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Parts of a Research Paper <ul><li>Title Page: Front page of paper containing information required by the teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction: First paragraph of the paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Thesis Statement: Part of the introduction; a statement that is one statement about your paper in general. </li></ul><ul><li>Body: The main part of a research paper; main topics with subtopics and details. </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion: The last paragraph which may state your opinion. </li></ul><ul><li>Works Cited: List of the sources that you used to write your paper. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Types of Sources <ul><li>General Encyclopedia: Book that contains general information about many topics. </li></ul><ul><li>Dictionary: Book containing alphabetically arranged words and their definitions/usages. </li></ul><ul><li>Thesaurus: Lists of synonyms and antonyms. </li></ul><ul><li>Autobiography: Book about someone’s life written by that same person. </li></ul>
  8. 8. More Sources <ul><li>Biography: Book about someone’s life written by another person. </li></ul><ul><li>Atlas: Book of maps </li></ul><ul><li>Almanac: Annual book with calendars, weather forecasts, astronomical info. and other facts </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedia Yearbook: Book containing general information about a certain year. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Still More Sources <ul><li>Interview: Personal meeting in which info. is obtained from a person with subject knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Quotation Resource: Book with famous quotations by various people. </li></ul><ul><li>Biographical Reference Book: Contains brief biographical info. on a person. </li></ul>
  10. 10. And Still More Sources <ul><li>Electronic Card Catalog: Electronic database of info.within the media center. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet: World Wide Web (evaluate carefully!) </li></ul><ul><li>Writers’ Handbooks. </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction Sheets and Notes from Class. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Research Helpers <ul><li>Copyright Page: Lists the publisher and date when a book was published. (Use the latest date.) </li></ul><ul><li>Table of Contents: List of info. in the book in sequential order. </li></ul><ul><li>Index: Alphabetical list of all the topics covered in a book with the page numbers listed. </li></ul><ul><li>Cross Reference: An entry that tells you to see other topics for add’t./related info. See also: </li></ul>
  12. 12. Are You Ready For Some Research? <ul><li>Stay on task! </li></ul><ul><li>Meet all deadlines! </li></ul><ul><li>Be responsible! </li></ul><ul><li>You CAN do it!!! </li></ul>