Research Papers

In this section, you’ll find everything you need to know about how to write successful research papers, from the nitty-gritty of doing the research to the finishing work that is required of a well-written paper.

Here is the basic Writing Tips Style Sheet I hand out in most of my classes. Feel free to share it!

In order of when you’ll do the work, here is what you’ll find under the Research Paper tab.

Doing the Research

Presenting the Research

  • Some classes at Dawson (especially IS) ask you to write an annotated bibliography, so here are some definitions and examples
  • IS also asks you to produce a paper with an abstract. Click here to find out what an abstract is and for some successful (and not so successful) examples
  • Here is some advice about MLA citations and how to produce good works cited pages

Writing the Paper

Producing a successful paper has many different elements to it. The first step is to produce a rough draft. To do that, you’ll need to:

  • select strong quotations
  • frame those quotations
  • come up with a thesis sentence
  • write a draft paper all the way through to the conclusion
  • write (or re-write) your introduction with a revised thesis that reflects the paper you’ve written

* Keep in mind that for longer research papers, you may need to go back to get more research as your thesis changes shape