What is a Research Paper?
WHAT IS A RESEARCH PAPER?
A research paper is an in-depth account about a specific topic. It is based on facts and information collected as a result of thorough research of a topic.
A research paper requires that writers focus on a particular subject, develop a thesis, and support their postitions with convincing evidence: background information, facts, statistics, and descriptions.
Exploring a Topic--Keywords
Initially, you may want to read some general resources to gain a better understanding of your topic. Then, you can narrow your search by asking yourself:
What keywords can I use to search?
What synonyms, broader or narrower terms, or related ideas could I use?
Will proper names (people or places) focus my search?