Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the topic, part of Writing a Research Paper.
- What's the research paper's topic?…Sometimes deciding what actual topic to research…can be one of the most challenging parts.…Sometimes you're given a specific topic.…For example, compare and contrast…right and left brain learning characteristics…or evaluate the causes and effects of fad diets.…Other times, you may be given a general idea or topic…and be asked to narrow that general topic.…The assignment might be as broad as…research some current controversial topic that interests you…or maybe a little more defined,…research the characteristics of one of the four…generations in the workplace.…
In those cases, the broad topic must continue…to be narrowed.…Even if the topic is more specific,…such as the causes and effects of fad diets,…it still needs to be narrowed.…A quick search of that topic shows over four million results…with titles such as spotting fad diets,…and ten red flags for fad diets,…and the danger of fad diets.…The titles continue with the truth behind fad diets,…the real genius of fad diets,…and even the lemonade fad diet.…
- 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
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Examining Types of Research Papers
2. Preparing to Write
3. Writing the Paper
4. Citing Sources
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