Writing the research Paper
Guidelines for the Research Paper:
All projects should be inquiry based in nature. An inquiry based research paper involves a higher level of thinking skills and generally draws a conclusion. Compare/Contrast and Cause/Effect work well as the starting point for your paper as well as how the topic made an impact on history. The topic should be treated as a problem, and the student attempts to find a solution.
An example of a problem-solving project is "Should the United Nations be abolished?
Body of paper
The length of the paper may vary, depending on the type of project, but it should be at least 3-5 typed pages (8th-12th grade) in length to adequately cover the topic. Follow your teacher's guidelines. The body contains the important facts that you have gathered from a variety of resources including books, reference books, encyclopedias, magazines, and other resources. Remember that you are using your sources as evidence to back up your thesis statement.
Need Help with your Thesis Statement?
All inquiry papers need to have a one sentence thesis statement within the first paragraph. This sentence is NOT your research question.
How to write a good thesis statement from the Writing Studio at Duke University
Find examples of how to write a good thesis statement from Easybib.
You can find a good explanation of how to construct a thesis statement from the University of North Carolina.
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NO DUMPING ALLOWED:
Plagiarism, or copying word-for-word is not allowed.
You need to make sure that you are paraphrasing or summarizing from your resources.
The Harvard Guide to Using Sources can help explain the difference between paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting.
You should be able to read and understand all information contained in your paper.
The body should contain the material that you learned during the course of your research.
Conclusion of Paper
Briefly describe the knowledge that you have gained as a result of completing the research. The
conclusion may consist of one or two paragraphs describing the general ideas that you have learned.
In-text/parenthetical citations are required for all students
Use MLA 8 for your citations.
You should use Noodle Tools to format your in-text citations.
All information must be properly cited.
All students will use Noodle Tools to create citations.
Students should have a variety of sources including electronic, print, non-fiction, reference, newspapers, magazines, etc.
Every resource that you list at the end of your paper must be cited within the body of your paper. Go to this page in this website if you need more citation help.
See Ms. Kahn in the library for further assistance or email her: email@example.com.