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Introduction How to Write a Research Paper in 10 Easy Steps If you have just been told that you have to write a research paper and feel a bit intimidated, we hope the following steps will ease your fears. First of all, you do research all the time. Think of when you last made a major purchase, selected a school, or saw a movie. You might have spoken to friends, read reviews about the product or film, visited a campus, or test drove a car. Doing academic research is not much different, although your approaches and sources will differ. 1) Choose an interesting question. Your teacher or professor will either allow you to choose your topic, let you select from a list, or assign you a topic. In any case, you should try to select a topic or a feature of your topic that is of interest to you. Approach your research with a critical spirit of inquiry . “Critical” does not mean “fault finding,” but rather a receptive and discerning frame of mind. 2) Be specific. Frame your question so that it will explore the “who, what, where, why, and how” of your topic. Avoid topics that are too broad. A broad topic will make your research hard to contain. Think of your question as both an anchor and an umbrella: your “who’s and how’s” are your anchor, and it’s up to you to keep everything under control,
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This essay was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course ENGL 110 taught by Professor Slovak during the Fall '07 term at University of Delaware.

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