Hebert Janetta November 29, 2020 Research Paper
Since your research paper will require hours upon hours of reading, thinking, and writing about your topic, you will want to choose a topic that will at least capture your attention. Think of those burning questions that you have inside. Those may be the topics on which you write with the most passion.
Writing a research paper has a lot in common with constructing a building: both require careful planning upfront and thoughtful execution throughout, but most of all both need a lot of hard work to come out right. Perhaps the biggest pitfall when writing a research paper is dumping hours into the process, only to realize that you will not be able to complete the task you began. This requires you to pivot, revise your thesis, change your strategy, and possibly scrap your whole rough draft, but lets not get hasty. Before you make a huge mistake like this, save yourself a lot of time and energy by carefully choosing a topic. This article will teach you how.
In every case always go for something that you care about otherwise just the process of researching the idea will be a miserable experience for you. Your tutors will also be less than thrilled as your lack of interest is likely to result in a boring paper. For a tutor theres nothing worse than having to read a large number of boring papers from disinterested students.
A research paper can be an argumentative one or an analytical one. An argumentative paper takes a particular proposition - for example, is a high rate of tax good? - And sets out in detail the pros and cons of the proposition. The author may arrive at a conclusion or leave it open after setting out both sides of the case in detail. An analytical paper evaluates all the sources of information, considers existing propositions or interpretations on the subject and offers the authors own interpretation.
Choosing a topic is also important. While sometimes the student can choose from a list of suggested topics, he may also be allowed to choose one of his own. Choosing a topic itself requires some research to be aware of the existing knowledge in that subject and to be aware of the gaps that one can fill with research. The topic can also be fluid and change as the research progresses.
Start wide and get narrow: If you start with a topic that is too narrow, you may not be able to find any useful or interesting research. Perhaps you may find some, but you may not find enough. If this is the case, it either because you are not searching correctly or there is just not enough information out there. You can minimize occurrences of the latter by researching broadly initially, and then narrowing your focus as your explore the available research.