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The Best Topic Of a Research Paper Is One That’s Interests You

May 27th, 2010

Great Topics of Research Papers Are Hard to Find

When I was a little girl I hated writing. I absolutely could not put together a sentence. I didn’t understand sentence structure or even how to put together a story. It was so hard for me. We actually had a teacher who’s sole job was to teach us how to write, Mrs Banks. She would come in our class room every Tuesdays and Thursdays and spend two hours teaching us the importance of topic sentences and thesis statements. I would cringe every time I saw her. I always got very low marks on my writing. At the end of the year we had to think of the best topics of research papers for us to write about. No only did I not know how to write a research or term paper. I also had no idea what I would write about. Mrs. Banks could see my frustration and gave me the following tips when to pick he best topic of a research paper.

1.Start with a research paper outline. After you pick a great topic of a research paper write an outline on it. An outline is sort of a map of you paper. It’s designed to help you write you paper in sections. What you would do s label your paper out by paragraph and write in what main points and citations you will have in each paragraph. Your research paper outline should also be accompanied by a bibliography.

2.Pick a broad yet not too specific topic. This is much easier said then done. Pick a topic that you will be able to find good research on and one that you can write at least five to ten pages on. You may find a subject you are writing about is just too broad and you will have to write about a topic within a topic.

3.Make sure you edit you research paper. If your paper is not edited properly this can be the difference between a A or an F. If you paper is not free of grammatical and spelling errors all you research will be lost because the reader will lose faith in your righting. How can they trust the research you have done if they can’t trust your writing.

4.Know what citation method your teacher wants you to use. The two main citation methods are APA and MLA. You can use the following key to help you.

For APA use this:

Last name, first name. (year published). Title of Book. City published. Publisher

For the in text citation use this method:

(Last name, year, pp. numbers of pages)

For MLA use this:

Last name of author, First name of Author. Title of Book. Place Published: Publisher. Year. Print.

MLA also uses footnotes instead of in text:

(Author, pp.#)

I had a very hard time picking a good topic of a research paper until I realized its much easier to write about something you like and genuinely care about as opposed to something you have very little interests in. I still didn’t love to write but with the above tips my research paper was much better than it would have been.

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