Unless you manage to take classes that require only personal essays or
creative writing, chances are pretty good that you're going to face that
snarling, enormous monster that professors like to call the research paper.
Consider this bit of wisdom provided by Muriel Harris, English professor,
director of Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL), and author
on the subject.
"Knowing how to write a research paper is a critically important skill,"
she says. "We live in an information age, and almost any job or project will
involve searching out and working with information we find and then transmitting
it to others. That's exactly what research paper writing prepares us
for. So, like it or not, research paper writing is something most of us will
be doing for most of our lives."
By breaking the task into lots of steps, a research paper becomes something
you can master and approach with confidence.
At the completion of this article, you should be able to:
- devise a working strategy for a research essay assignment
- understand what critical steps are involved before you begin research
- navigate your local and school libraries with a purpose and method to
- understand how sources become woven into your paper without plagiarizing
- look at the writing process as several natural stages, not one overwhelming
- use the suggested resources for guidance, reference, or more detail on
the research paper process