Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Following our paper for this course, part of Writing Research Papers.
- [Narrator] Throughout this course, we'll be looking at a research paper on homeschooling and public schooling. First a couple disclaimers, the final paper or persuasive paper in favor of homeschooling is used as an example. I have no bias for or against public school or homeschool. Secondly, the research, facts, and figures used are generally accurate, but some of the sources and authors listed are examples rather than actual sources. One other thing to note is that even thought this final paper will be an example of a persuasive paper, the topic lends itself to the other types of research papers discussed in the course, descriptive for example.
Most of the research could be used just to describe a homeschooling environment and a public school environment, or compare and contrast. The research would also lend itself to comparing and contrasting the opportunities and challenges of homeschooling and public schooling. Cause effect, if you were assigned a cause and effect paper, again the research for this topic could be applied to analyzing the causes or reasons families choose to homeschool or to use the public school system and the effects, short-term and long-term of homeschooling and public schooling.
The homeschooling and public schooling topic provides the majority of the examples, however additional topics or ideas will be used to analyze specific key points and for variety. The final paper will follow the MLA formatting and documentation style, however all three of the major styles are discussed and illustrated in the course. Different instructors, institutions, and businesses assign or prefer different styles. Always check to learn which style you should use.
So, we're ready to follow the writing process from a vague idea to the final paper.
- Understanding the different types of research papers
- Researching the topic
- Brainstorming your focus
- Developing a thesis statement
- Writing topic sentences
- Composing a title
- Using a style guide
- Formatting your paper