While conducting a research project, you:
Research is a methodical investigation into a subject.
The purpose is discovery, to check facts, and/or reach new conclusions. “Methodical” means there’s a method to the madness. Research requires that you use multiple sources. You can’t verify facts if you only use one source. If your paper has a thesis, you will use your research to prove an argument and form a conclusion.
Research is not:
These steps correspond with the Tabs above:
Determine the purpose of the assignment. There are basically two types of research papers in high school:
Informative papers ask you to gather information to define, explain, summarize, describe, and/or illustrate a topic. Informative papers ask to link ideas together that you develop from your research to inform the reader. You will think about how things are connected. You will compare, contrast, cause and/or relate. You will analyze primary and secondary sources. Your thesis is the product of this analysis. Examples of this type of paper:
Persuasive papers ask you to gather information to assess, prove, justify, respond to, support, and/or argue a point of view. The topic needs to be debatable and/or controversial. The writer clearly states this argument in a strong thesis statement with the goal of persuading the reader. You will use data, statistics, facts, and other evidence from primary and secondary sources. You will interpret this information to support your thesis. Questions which produce this type of paper: