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This page is brought to you by the OWL at Purdue (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/). When printing this page, you must include the entire legal notice at bottom. Writing a Research Paper This resource was written by Sarah Hamid and Jack Raymond Baker . Last full revision by Jack Raymond Baker . Last edited by Allen Brizee on April 14th 2009 at 12:08PM Summary: This handout provides detailed information about how to write research papers including discussing research papers as a genre, choosing topics, and finding sources. 1. Writing a Research Paper The Research Paper There will come a time in most students' careers when they are assigned a research paper. Such an assignment often creates a great deal of unneeded anxiety in the student, which may result in procrastination and a feeling of confusion and inadequacy. This anxiety frequently stems from the fact that many students are unfamiliar and inexperienced with this genre of writing. Never fear—inexperience and unfamiliarity are situations you can change through practice! Writing a research paper is an essential aspect of academics, and should not be avoided on account of one's anxiety. In fact, the process of writing a research paper can be one of the more rewarding experiences one may encounter in academics. What is more, many students will continue to do research throughout their careers, which is one of the reasons this topic is so important. Becoming an experienced researcher and writer in any field or discipline takes a great deal of practice. There are few individuals for whom this process comes naturally; remember, even the most seasoned academic veterans have had to learn how to write a research paper at some point in their career. Therefore, with diligence, organization, practice, a willingness to learn (and to make mistakes!), and, perhaps most important of all, patience, a student will find that she can achieve great things through her research and writing. This handout will include the following sections related to the process of writing a research paper: Genre - this section will provide an overview for understanding the difference between an analytical and argumentative research paper. Choosing a Topic - this section will guide the student through the process of choosing topics, whether the topic be one that is assigned or one that the student chooses himself. Identifying an Audience - this section will help the student understand the often times confusing topic of audience by offering some basic guidelines for the process. Where Do I Begin - this section concludes the handout by offering several links to resources at Purdue, and also provides an overview of the final stages of writing a research paper. 2. Genre and the Research Paper
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This note was uploaded on 03/07/2010 for the course CHEM 12A taught by Professor Alston during the Spring '10 term at Saddleback.

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