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Human Diversity 3230:251: Research Strategies

Writing a Research Paper for Human Diversity

Writing a research paper of any length, whether a short paper of just a few pages to a lengthy one, can be a relatively easy endeavor if you follow the steps outlined in the links below. Take a few minutes to search online for potential topic ideas and then search the library catalog and article databases linked in the Human Diversity Course Guide in order to determine if there is enough information available on the topic.

Books provide general background information on a variety of human diversity issues, while articles provide previously published research and theory that will either support or refute your research assertions.

Think analytically and critically about your potential topic. What are you curious about? What question do you want to ask? There are MANY possibilities!

Some broad areas of inquiry are:

  • Biological/Genetic Variation
  • Communication and Language
  • Cultural Traditions
  • Disease
  • Environment
  • Globalization
  • Intelligence
  • Nutrition
  • Race
  • Religion and Beliefs
  • Sex and Gender
  • Social Constructs
  • Social Organization

Here are some Web pages to help you generate topic ideas:

Here are some library resources to help you select a topic, but keep in mind there are NUMEROUS books in the library catalog!

Helpful Online Guides

Writing a successful research paper is an important process that takes time and careful planning. The overall quality of your paper will be directly effected by the quality of the research you perform and the care you take in organizing and writing the paper. Begin by using only research results that pass critical evaluation and consult the following guides for expert advice on organizing and writing your research paper.

Writing Tips

Use these general tips* that will help you write a successful research paper:

  • an opening paragraph that catches the reader's interest and clearly states the thesis of the paper, i.e., clearly states what the paper is about
  • words that are spelled correctly and sentences that are grammatically correct
  • unified paragraphs, with sentences transitioning from one another and developing the paragraph's central idea
  • a unified theme, with paragraphs transitioning from one another and developing the paper's central idea or ideas
  • a concluding paragraph that briefly summarizes the main ideas of the paper and restates the paper's main thesis, giving the reader the sense that the stated goal of the paper has been accomplished

*University of West Florida Libraries