Research essay

The research essay is one of the most popular writing assignments in the colleges and universities of this nation. There are several indispensable elements that should be taken into account before you start writing the research essay.

1. You should choose an interesting topic. It will facilitate the process of the writing of your research essay as well as make the process more productive and fascinating.
2. Do research on the topic.
3. Design and write the research essay.

Yet, these three easy steps are so easy for many students. Many tutors are not satisfied with the papers completed by their students. One often can hear the complaints that the papers are imbedded with platitudes and generalities. Let us see how the research paper must look like.

Look at our plan.

The first step is to choose your topic. Some topics are assigned to you, but sometimes you have to choose. For instance, you might be studying �European history at the beginning of the 20th century�. You may be asked to describe some events or some persons who, in your opinion, influenced the life and history of European continent at the beginning of the 20th century. First, choose an interesting and important event or personality. Try to narrow your topic, you should not choose too general subject. Remember that a broad topic can be superficial, you can say much about it, yet you will not be able to provide deep analysis of the topic you research.

For example, avoid topics like: �European countries at the beginning of the 20th century�. The following one is much better: �The introduction of parliamentary system in 1907 in Sweden and its consequences for the political situation in this country in 1910�. With this topic you have more possibilities for the analysis as well as for the research.

Do not succumb to another common mistake made by many students. When you are asked to research the topic, you should not retell the story - you should provide some analysis as well as show that you understand the topic you have researched. Before you start working on your essay you should conduct some research - read several articles on the topic you wish to research and try to find out several controversial issues, based on what you have read in your sources. Do not try to ask too many questions - confine yourself to one clear sentence. It is an important point, because many students attempt to answer several questions in their essays, whereas answering the one is suffice. It is a prerequisite, a vital element of this assignment. Once you have chosen your topic, you should start designing the plan of your essay. All research papers should comprise several indispensable elements; the structure of the essay should be the following:

Introduction. The aim of the introduction is twofold. First, it should acquaint your reader with the preliminary description of the topic. Second, you should state your research question. The introduction always comprises your research question.

The Body.The body is the central part of your essay. As usual it consists of several parts, each represents some sub-headings of your topic. Sometimes, students experience difficulties with designing the body of their essays. Certainly, it is not an easy task; nevertheless it can be accomplished successfully once you have decided on the order of presenting your material. Sometimes, it is necessary to include the section that describes the assertions as well contentions of your opponents. Also include a separate section providing your point of view.

The conclusion. Sum up the main points of your research and provide the reader with the logic conclusion.

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