The Research Paper

The research paper is perhaps the most demanding type of academic writing. It requires a significant amount of preparation, organization, careful reasoning, and diligence. Because you are juggling both your own ideas with the ideas of other writers, it expects that you will study deeply the relationship between each of these. That means that you must be clear about your chosen topic — how you feel about it, your insights into it, and subsequently how those insights compare and contrast with outside resources you gather to inform your study.

This page will offer extensive guidelines to the process of writing a research paper, ranging from the early planning stages to thesis development to evaluation of sources to proofreading the final document.