basis to start a research paperWhat is your purpose in writing a research paper? which audience are you trying to reach? what should be your position as the writer? How do you base preliminary theses?

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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When writing a research paper, your foundation should be built in accordance with your professor's expectations. Depending on the college course, there may be certain meticulous details that your professor will need you to meet. Once you are clear on the expectations, some general concepts to remember are: Organizing the sources you have gathered, knowing where to find sources, citing sources appropriately, using an outline, writing the draft, avoiding plagiarism and so on.

 

 

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The most important decision which must be made before beginning a research work is what you want to explore. That sounds a bit simplistic, but it's more difficult than it sounds. Choosing a subject (let's say "the history of theatre") as well as a point of view or perspective (how the theatre has shaped or been shaped by society, for example) is the key to effective research. Sometimes a researcher begins down one path and ends up on an entirely different journey; that is fine unless the commitment to the original concept is unchangeable. If that is the case, it is even more imperative to do some exploring before committing to a precise research topic. Happy writing!

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Typically, your actual audience in your research paper is simply your professor.  You should write the paper as if your audience is a group of scholars interested in this area of study.  In other words, you are supposed to write in a formal way and assume some level of knowledge on the part of the reader.

If, by "preliminary theses," you mean those that you will try to prove or disprove in the paper, then you can only base them on your own thoughts.  A research paper ideally comes about from your class readings.  You become interested in some issue and you form some hypotheses about it.  Then you use your research paper to try to prove or disprove those hypotheses.

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alanhuttan | Student | eNotes Newbie

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Typical paper has 5 paragraph.
Intro
Body paragraph 1
Body paragraph 2
Body paragraph 3
Conclusion


That website is an awesome website to look for fact. Just search that profession.. And then you will have lots of info. Figure out what you want to tell the reader then incorporate that into a thesis(which goes into your intro paragraph) then add details (and elaborate) into the three body paragraphs. Conclusion is a drawstring to your first paragraph. It's related, but closing it up.

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