Writing a Research Paper

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to provide instruction for writing a research paper. Writing a research paper can be a frightening process. Instructors often assign research papers in-order to provide students with the opportunity to delve deeper into a subject. Choosing a subject, conducting the research, and writing the paper are the major tasks that students have to complete when writing a research paper. A selective review of sources concerning how to write research
papers was conducted.

The Research Paper Assignment

It is the first day of class, the instructor hands you a syllabus. It could be any class, Psychology, English, Government, Economics or even Kinesiology. You scan the syllabus and then you notice it, one of your assignments is a research paper. Writing a research paper can be a frightening process.

Research papers provide students with the opportunity to delve deeper into a subject.

Choosing a subject, conducting the research, and writing the paper are the major tasks that students have to complete when writing a research paper.
When choosing a subject for a research paper, pick a topic of interest (Wienbroer, 2001). Textbooks are excellent sources for potential ideas. Brainstorming, browsing through the newspapers, and considering experiences in your personal life are ways of generating ideas for your paper. The mistake that some students make is that they choose a subject that is too broad.

Narrowing the topic will help bring focus to the paper and will help you to wade through the tons of information (Hacker, 1998; Weinbroer, 2001).

Conducting the actual research is the part of the process of writing that frightens students the most.

There are many places where you can find information. Search engines, indexes
databases, and library catalogs can provide more than enough information for writing a research paper (Hacker, 1998; Thaiss & Sanford, 2000; Weinbroer, 2001).

Search engines, on the World Wide Web, make it easy for people to find information on almost any subject. Yahoo, Dogpile and Google are some of the more popular search engines used. When using a search engine, carefully examine the information it provides. Because the information may not be subject to peer review, information on the Internet can be inaccurate.

Also, information can be stored in electronic storehouses. These storehouses are called databases (American Psychological Association [APA], 2014; Weinbroer, 2001). Westlaw, Eric, Readers’s Guide Abstract, PsyLit, PsychInfo and Ebsco-host are all examples of databases that can provide research information. Databases are probably the best place to start when conducting research. Some students find it difficult to access the information in databases. Have no fear, Librarians are more that willing to assist students in their search.