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Starting Your Research Paper: Home

Time for the dreaded paper? Learn how to get started!

The Truth

NO ONE likes research papers. 

Not you, not your professor. 

However, research papers are an essential part of academia. 

So instead of griping and whining about it, try to make the best of it.

Make It Interesting!

You don't want to do a research paper.  Your professor doesn't want to read it or grade it.  So, do you both a favor and make it interesting!

Think about the things that interest you.  Now, think about your paper.  Can you find a way to incorporate the two?

If you come up with an idea for a paper, run it by your professor.  Chances are, your professor is tired of reading the same paper over and over again and may be open to your idea. 

You will be surprised by how many fun and interesting topics there are with just a little imagination.

Example

You have to write a paper for your economics class.  However, your real interest is music.  How do you combine music and economics?

There are many ways to incorporate music into your economics paper:

  • Study the financial effects of illegally downloading music.
    How much do the record companies really lose?
     
  • Study the effectiveness of alternative ways of selling music, including free downloads. 
    How are the artists making money?
     
  • Compare hip hop artists during a recession and during a financial boom.
    Do hip hop artists wear less "bling" in a recession?

 

             

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