What characteristics make up an excellent research paper?

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1. Everyones opinion of the perfect research paper is different

1.1. At every stage of education, essays are taught and the research process is explained.

1.1.1. Is the point of the paper to inform others, or to prove the writer knows what they are researching? If the point is to inform what the writer knows, who is the audience? A more interesting approach may be adding to the already acquired knowledge and sharing ones own opinion on the subject matter

2. Every teacher has a different opinion on what a research paper should consist of, and the process in which research papers are supposed to be written.

2.1. Why are there so many different formats being taught?

2.1.1. Teachers seem to have an idea in their head that isnt easily explained to students, which causes anxiety about writing research papers. This anxiety needs to be turned into personal experience and inspiration, its ok to show yourself in your writing. (Bad Ideas About Writing 131)

2.1.2. should one common format be taught?

2.1.3. So many formats are taught because every teacher has learned to teach the process of writing research papers differently. Students should combine all the knowledge they have gained, take all the most important pieces, and create their own process. There is no right and wrong. (Bad Ideas About Writing 132)

3. Should the writers opinion and personality be shown in the writing?

3.1. The writer adding their opinion on the subject matter opens the writers mind to be more creative.

3.1.1. Is regurgitating already known information helping the writer or audience in any way? Whats the point of constantly repeating the same information? No two people share the exact same thoughts, allowing opinion could add to the subject matter and make the work more interesting.

4. Is the writer responsible for adding to the research findings?

4.1. Allowing the writer to add to the knowledge of the subject matter allows for the continuation of knowledge

4.1.1. The writer needs to not only learn, but also be a resource. Instead of relaying information the writer should investigate and try to add new findings to what is already known and documented.

5. Are research papers living texts?

5.1. By allowing the researcher to create new thoughts and be creative the writer can create a never ending flow of knowledge.

5.1.1. Everything should be a conversation. By allowing writers to create new knowledge it allows the audience to form new ideas, leading to a text that never stops growing. There is always room for growth and an addition of information.

6. Why do we do research?

6.1. Research can be a way to satisfy our human curiosity. Research can be used to transform they way we look and think about things. (Kinkead 3)

6.1.1. My experience with research has always been trying to prove to my audience that i know what I am researching. I used it as a way to teach my audience.

7. There is no such think as failure.

7.1. Failure is definitley an option. Failure makes us better writers, it is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign that we can get better and have more to learn. (Bad Ideas About Writing 76)

7.1.1. "What we have failed to grasp - why the idea that failure is bad needs to die - is the integral connection between failure and risk, creativity, and innovation, not to mention emotional and cognitive resilience." (Bad Ideas About Writing 77)

8. A research paper should start with a question, not an answer

8.1. Students need to seek out the problems and work towards answering them. (Bad Ideas About Writing 228)

8.1.1. This idea completely changed my outlook on research papers. This makes the process more interesting, more investigation is involved.

9. Is a thesis statement necessary?

9.1. Not really, a thesis statement keeps to paper in a small box. A thesis is a statement, it doesn't pose a question, it leaves no room for growth. (Bad Ideas About Writing 232)

10. Is there a connection between grammar and good writing?

10.1. "Teaching grammar improves students' knowledge of linguistic. But if students' writing is to improve, teachers need to teach writing." (Bad Ideas About Writing 144)

10.1.1. I always thought grammar made people great writers. the more I learn, the more i realize that fluffy writing and big words don't make you a good writer.

11. References

11.1. Carr, Allison D. “Failure Is Not an Option.” Bad Ideas About Writing, WVU Libraries, 2017, pp. 109–114.

11.1.1. “The Writing Autobiography.” Researching Writing: an Introduction to Research Methods, by Joyce A. Kinkead, Utah State University Press, 2016, pp. 11–12. Witte, Allison. “Research Starts with Answers.” Researching Writing: an Introduction to Research Methods, by Joyce A. Kinkead, Utah State University Press, 2016, pp. 226–230. Wierszewski, Emily. “Research Starts with Answers.” Researching Writing: an Introduction to Research Methods, by Joyce A. Kinkead, Utah State University Press, 2016, pp. 231–235.