Research Paper Example

Chicago, APA, and MLA

Research Paper Example

The first and most important step in writing a research paper, before you are even able to look at other research paper examples is to choose a good topic. There is a

delicate balancing act when choosing a good topic to write about, you do not want to choose a topic too broad as it might be overwhelming to research and write about, and you do not want to choose a topic too narrow as you would struggle to think of enough to discuss in you research paper. Instead choose a topic that you might have some background knowledge of and that can be easily researched and written about.

Now it is a good time to start scouring for research paper examples. Many websites, including this one, will have research paper examples and where you can see how others have researched and written about their topic. Surf the internet or go to your local school or library where they are like to have research paper examples from previous years’ students. Your teacher or professor will also be able to point out a good research paper example when they see one.

Now that you know your topic and what makes up a good research paper, write a preliminary outline for your paper to help you organize it. The basic format should be: introduction, body, and conclusion although whatever institution you are writing this research paper for will have more specific guidelines. The outline will help you organize your ideas into a basic format for your upcoming research paper. Once you have a complete outline finished, it is time to write you first draft. When writing your first draft (often called rough draft), do not be too concerned about formatting and punctuation as the most important thing is to get your thoughts written out.

In your second and third drafts, refine your wording and strengthen your grammar until you are ready for your final draft. Your final draft should be edited by either a teacher or a professional editor depending on how important you paper is. For instance, if your paper is part of your thesis or dissertation, then you should have it professionally edited. Also, make sure you check your paper for citations and references as you do not want to commit plagiarism which could get you kicked out of school or in legal trouble.

So if you have chosen your research paper topic, scour this website and others for a research paper example that is in the format that your teacher or institution wants it written in. There are several formats including MLA, Chicago, and APA style. They all follow the basic format of introduction, body, and conclusion but each will have a different order of information that you should write and they will have you format citations and references differently.

Types of Research Papers

When writing a research paper try to consider the several types of papers and which type would best suit the argument you are trying to make. I will discuss the

variety of types and try to give to help guide you on which type you should choose depending on what you are trying to accomplish.  First you need to know there are several standards of writing that you must follow. These standards are often known by their abbreviation APA, Chicago, and others and are explained in detail in other articles on this site and other articles on the internet, so I will spare you those definitions. Once you have establish the format of paper you are writing, next comes the concept of the paper.

The first type of paper I will call an Analytical Paper. This type of paper basically discuses the argument from multiple viewpoints and remains objective the entire time. In other words you discuss the topic in its entirety from many perspectives with the main objective of informing the reading about the subject. I would venture a guess that this is the most popular form of research paper, because it contains the most objective information. A subcategory of analytic paper would be a Definition paper, which is an analytic paper where you define something, and write in length about its definition.

The next most popular variety of paper is and argumentative paper.  This paper is the antithesis of an analytic paper. You take a subject and try to argue it from one vantage point, with the objective of convincing the reader that what you are arguing is the correct approach to the subject matter, as opposed to the subject material you are arguing against. This can be a tricky paper to write and remain objective, but a fundamental rule of academic writing is objectivity. Personal anecdotes can be fine, but make sure they do not cloud your objective vantage point.

In the same light as an analytic paper, a compare and contrast research paper explores multiple vantage points and tries to objectively explore them. In the case of compare and contrast however, you will likely only be comparing two or possible three subjects. The goal here is to inform the reading about the benefits, truths, and advantages of a subject, but also present the disadvantages and fallacies of subject, and try to argue after all information is presented, which subject has a more valid argument.

There are also a few other types of papers which are much more rare, such as interpretive papers, cause and effect papers, and specific types of papers created by the professor. Normally the more rare the format of the paper, the more the professor will guide you on what he or she requires from your writing. Remember regardless of what type of paper you choose, try to remain object and informative.