Writing the Research Paper
1. The Plan
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2. The Rough Draft
Now that your thoughts are organized in an outline, you can take that outline and use it to write the first draft of your research paper. Even though this is just a rough draft, you should still include the major parts of an essay: introduction, body, and conclusion.
However, the majority of your body paragraphs will consist of paraphrased information you have researched. It is appropriate to include your own ideas as well though. You can share your opinions about the research in your paper, but avoid using qualifiers like "I think," or "In my opinion." We will know it's your opinion because you are the writer! Just remember to write in third person only. It is not appropriate to use first person on this kind of research assignment. You can state your opinions as facts to eliminate first person. For example, if I have researched fashion in the 1970s, I might write: Fashion styles in the 1970s were too revealing because of the short skirts and low cut tops. This statement is my opinion but is still written in third person.
Your rough draft should be 3-5 pages in length, and you want to ensure that you have cited everything properly before submitting it.
Purdue Online Writing Lab http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/544/01/ 18 Sept 2012
SAS Curriculum Pathways www.sascurriculumpathways.org 18 Sept 2012
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