Writing a research paper is a good opportunity to learn more about a topic of particular interest to you. The basic idea is to find information on a topic (from books, newspapers, magazines, journals, recordings, electronic information sources, etc.), and then write your thoughts on the topic, using documented sources to support what you say.
The format of a research paper depends on the academic discipline you are writing for. Some common formats are:
Your instructor can tell you which format you are expected to use.
Research papers share these common features:
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