Talk to as many people as possible about your topic, especially your teacher.You'll be surprised at the ideas you'll get from talking about your topic.
This is called "citing your sources." If you write your paper using information from other writers and do not cite the sources, you are committing plagiarism.
If you plagiarize, you can get an "F" on your paper, fail the course, or even get kicked out of school.
Be sure to always discuss potential topics with your teacher.
Places you can find a topic: newspapers, magazines, ALADIN, television news, the World Wide Web, and even in the index of a textbook!
The goal of a research paper is to bring together different views, evidence, and facts about a topic from books, articles, and interviews, then interpret the information into your own writing.
It's about a relationship between you, other writers, and your teacher/audience.Your job is to make your ideas as clear as possible for the reader, and that means you might have to go back and forth between the prewriting, writing and revising stages several times before submitting the paper.The first thing you should do when starting your research paper is to think of a topic.There are different places you can find this information: books, articles, people (interviews), and the World Wide Web.As you gather the information or ideas you need, you need to make sure that you take notes and write down where and who you got the information from.Some other techniques you may use to narrow your topic are: jot lists; preliminary outlines; listing possible thesis statements; listing questions; and/or making a concept map.It also may be helpful to have a friend ask you questions about your topic.Try to pick a topic that interests you and your teacher -- interesting topics are easier to write about than boring topics!Make sure that your topic is not too hard to research, and that there is enough material on the topic.The length of the research paper depends on your teacher's guidelines.It's always a good idea to keep your teacher in mind while writing your paper because the teacher is your audience.