Writing Tips for Good Research Papers - Writing Tips for Good Research Papers 1 Make sure you explicitly state within the first paragraph what you are

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Writing Tips for Good Research Papers 1. Make sure you explicitly state within the first paragraph what you are going to argue. Research papers involve proving or disproving something, and the reader needs to know from the beginning what you intend to do. If you then organize your paper based on a simple idea of introduction, body, and conclusion, you should have no problem completing the assignment. 2. Your statements should be backed up by sources when necessary. Topics that are not common knowledge should have citations and/or footnotes to inform the reader of their origin so it’s clear they’re not your ideas. Something like “Bram Stoker wrote the novel Dracula ” is an example of common knowledge, something you wouldn’t need to source. Whereas “Bram Stoker was bed- ridden with a mysterious illness in his youth” is not common knowledge and would require a source to prove its origin. 3. Footnotes are your friend! MLA does not like footnotes for citations, however, but you can occasionally use them for extra information. Other formats, like Chicago, prefer footnotes for
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