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:
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!
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.
Use these general tips* that will help you write a successful research paper:
*University of West Florida Libraries