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Franceschini 1 What is a research paper? A research paper is similar to a traditional essay. The difference is that you need to find other sources of information to back up your opinions . Most of the writing you have done so far in ENG 111 has been based on your own experiences, observations, and opinions. By now, you should know the importance of purpose, audience, organization, supporting details, and revision in producing a polished, final version of an essay. Research can be used to strengthen the point you want to make in your essay. To write an effective research paper, you will smoothly incorporate supporting material from outside sources into your original essay. Getting started: You will still start out with a thesis statement and detailed ideas you want to use to back up your thesis statement. But, now, instead of just using your own ideas, you will find out more information from outside sources to make your support even stronger. Writing your thesis statement/claim: You may change this as you write, but before you can do anything else, you need to write your working thesis statement. Remember the key to an effective essay is a strong thesis statement which includes the topic, the point, and the purpose. For an argument claim, you should have a should/must/needs to statement and a because/so statement Topic: What topic do you want to research? Point: What point do you want to make to your reader? Purpose: to inform, to persuade, or to entertain Brainstorm and Write Topic Outline: Once you have your working thesis statement, you will want to brainstorm ideas to back up your point. Then, you’ll want to write a Topic Outline. (See example below) Basic Topic Outline: I. Intro. with Thesis II. Topic Sentence (point 1) Specific evidence Specific evidence III. Topic sentence (point 2) Specific evidence Specific evidence IV. Topic sentence (point 3) Specific evidence Specific evidence Citations adapted from Biays and Wershoven Along these Lines: Paragraphs and Essays , 5 th ed. AND Rosa and Eschholz Models for Writers , 12 th ed. for CPCC
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Franceschini 2 Doing Research: After you write your outline, you can decide which areas could be strengthened by using additional information from an outside source. You should plan to add in at least one detail from your research within each body paragraph. Sources you can use to find information include: other people, the government, institutions and organizations, and the library- books, journals, databases, etc. To find information: Go to the CPCC website, Click on Academics Scroll down and find “Library and Research” o Click on Library for basic library information, tutorials, citation guides, or to get help through online chat. Click on “Online research databases” to conduct scholarly research. “Opposing Viewpoints” has information on controversial subjects and is good for argument. “ProQuest” and “CQ Researcher” are also excellent resources.
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  • Lauren Delli Santi
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