Cause and Effect on Domestic Violence
Volume of 2 page (550 words)
Assignment type : Research Paper
Chapter 45 Developing a Research Plan
I. Conducting Research
A lifelong skill is important in college, work and your personal life.
It can be complex; In the old days, you had to look on shelves for paper based books, article etc. A static source.
Today, many more resources, electronic form, a fluid source. What is good today may change by tomorrow.
More active look up, search, evaluate, integrate from moving target, information.
Research project requires information literacy – capacity to handle information – critical reading, thinking and decision making.
II. Writing from Sources
Need to develop a focused research question
Consider the Rhetorical Situation
Purpose – What is goal of research question – inform, argue, analyze
Audience – To whom are you writing, professor, classmates, what do they know, what opinion are they likely to hold, how do you want them to respond?
Stance – what is your attitude to topic, how do you want to come across? Curious, Positive, Critical
Media/Design – What media will you use, PowerPoint, charts, slides, other visuals?
Develop a research schedule and build an archive (see page 436 “Scheduling A Research Project”)
Develop an answer based on research
Aim to persuade audience to consider, respect, or act on your answer.
III. Generating Ideas for Research Paper
Explore Your Territory: get a broad overview of your topic
Begin in the Library: Lone Star as we discussed
– Interview experts
– Refine the purpose of your research in light of what you discovered.
– What is required of you? Compare, evaluate, summarize, argue.
Turing a Topic into A Question- Narrow the Topic
Move from broad to specific issues
i.e. – Family structure
– Blended families
– How do blended families today differ
From those a century ago?
Size Up Your Question
Is your question debatable?
Is it interesting?
Is it narrow enough for productive investigation?
Hone your question
Make it specific and simple
State well-crafted question to help define research
Refine as necessary; if as you do research and there is too much info then refine it; if it doesn’t move you refine it or look to another topic.
IV. Recording Information
Relative information from reliable sources to support your question
Take copious, accurate notes, highlight, annotate
Photocopy judiciously and index for Citing
Write down Paraphrases and quotes
Read skeptically to record only that information germane to your research.
Start an archive to file copies, save computer files, save bookmarks
This will provide information for integration into your paper
Research Essay: Cause and Effect on Domestic Violence
B. Thesis Statement:
The Research Paper: Key Parts
Title: Introduces the topic of discussion to the audience
Generates reader interest in the argument
Try to grab attention by offering a provocative image picking up on words or examples offered in the body or conclusion of the paper asking a question
“With Fracking, What The Frack Is Up?”
Argument: involves the process of establishing a claim and then proving it with the use of logical reasoning, examples, and research
I. Introduction: Generates the audience’s interest in the topic offers a plan for the ensuing argument
Introduction: Tell them what you’re going to tell them
The MOST IMPORTANT SENTENCE in your paper
Let’s the reader know the main idea of the paper
Answers the question: “What am I trying to prove?”
Body: Tell Them
Body paragraphs build upon the claims made in the introductory paragraph(s)
Organize with the use of topic. Sentences that illustrate the main idea of each paragraph.
Offering a brief explanation of the history or recent developments of topic within the early body paragraphs can help the audience to become familiarized with your topic and the complexity of the issue.
III. Counter Argument
It demonstrates your credibility as a writer–you have researched multiple sides of the argument and have come to an informed decision.
Offer a counterargument after you have articulated your main claims.
Effective Counterarguments: Conceding to some of your opposition’s concerns can demonstrate respect for their opinions.
Conclusion: Tell them what you told them
Your conclusion should reemphasize the main points made in your paper.