With numerous essays and exams piling up, the end of the semester is typically a challenging time for students. Whether the paper is on Ancient Greece or William Shakespeare, a quality research paper includes multiple sources, all of which must be properly cited. However, locating the information necessary for citations can be difficult. To help motivate students to properly cite their research work, Questia, the premier online research and paper writing resource is conducting a nationwide search for the best and most correct use of citations in a research paper.
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Taking the extra step to write an outline before you begin writing your research paper will save you more time in the long run.
Now that you’ve chosen a topic and collected notes, it’s time to begin writing a research paper. In this article we’ll cover how to write an outline, create a rough draft of your paper and how to add citations. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s dive right in.
How to write an outline
When taking notes, many experts suggest that you write them on individual index cards. Then, you can place the cards on a table and rearrange them to create the flow for your paper. This flow will become your outline.
Effective note taking is a key ingredient in helping students write organized, A-worthy research papers.
Writing a research paper takes time and planning. Now you’ve narrowed yourself to a single topic and you can formulate one or more thesis statements. Then you’ll decide on one central statement for your paper. Your research will continue for at least another week as you learn how to take notes and gather your sources for your paper.
Writing a research paper
During your first week of working on your research paper, you spent a lot of time looking at sources of information.
Throughout the years, the frequent changes of the fashion industry are what have made it so successful. (Courtesy of Stephoccitan)
When you think about American history, the topics of fashion design and merchandising may not be top of your mind. Yet, top fashion designers have played an important part in building our unique American culture. If your assignment is to write a research paper on fashion design, then be sure to take the time to explore all the possible approaches that such a paper could take. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Ideas for your research paper
Clothing began as a necessity — a protection against a harsh environment and the elements. But humans also have a need for self-expression and for decoration.
The liberal arts field of study in college offers many choices that can lead to a successful future.
Often called the most important major in struggling economic times, the liberal arts education combines various academic disciplines that prepare students to thrive in an atmosphere of complexity, diversity and change. It helps students be able to transfer intellectual and practical skills to the real world, as well as develop a sense of social responsibility. Consider choosing from a list of majors that includes communications, arts, natural science and mathematics. Here’s a spotlight on the liberal arts education.
What does liberal arts cover?
According to University of Minnesota (UMN) at Duluth, “The term ‘liberal arts’ refers to a grouping of disciplines that, in Western culture, are considered essential for adequate education and civic participation.”
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With each passing year the online world seems to change more and more about how we live, interact with each other and communicate. The Internet has had a serious impact on the future of publishing in particular. The ongoing battle of eBooks vs. print books, as well as new opportunities in online publishing and self-publishing, will determine the future of publishing and may create a world of digital fiction very different from what readers have known in the past. If you are looking for good research paper topics for media studies or business of literature courses, read on!
The future of publishing
If you don’t own a tablet or eReader, you may already be behind the times. According to Jane in a post on July 25, 2013, “Thursday News: Digital fiction may reach 50% for trade fiction in 2014; Ann Rule sues reviewer for defamation; Samsung overtaking Apple” for Dear Author, “some bestsellers in the US have at least or over 50% sales in digital.”
Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield in Ender’s Game. (Image Credit: Richard Foreman)
Whether cult favorites or bestsellers, young adult books have been hitting the big screen in a big way since about 2001. The success of the Harry Potter films have inspired filmmakers to look for the next hit series, and with the conclusion of the Twilight films and the last Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, hitting screens this month, is Ender’s Game, based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, poised to become a new hit? If you’re looking for a good research topic for a film studies paper, take a peek at how the growth of the YA novel market has impacted the market for teen-centric films.
When one thinks of the perfect role model, several traits come to mind.
A unique holiday on the calendar for November is National Inspirational Role Models Month (NIRMM): Celebrate Who Inspires You. The theme this year is “Revisiting Past Creations to Inspire Future Innovations.” Created by Darlene House, an award-winning journalist and editor, NIRMM is “dedicated to sharing the stories of unsung heroes and forgotten history makers.” The holiday encourages participants to read a memoir, inspirational stories, or a newspaper or magazine article about your role model because good news and positive stories are still being published!
The NIRMM website offers a reading list where you can read:
Courtroom I during a swearing-in ceremony of Judges. (Photograph provided courtesy of the ICTY.)
If you’re looking for research topic ideas for your assignment in pre-law, paralegal or criminal justice, then you have a wide range from which to choose. Whether it’s ethics in the workplace, ethics in business, judicial process or search and seizure, you can take your ideas anywhere within the scope of legal studies. Legal specialties include health, animal and environmental issues as well. Here are a few tips and ideas to help you with your legal research paper.