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Research paper

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research paper
a formal, lengthy presentation of a thesis supported by information from several credible sources
term paper
another name for a research paper
thesis
a clear statement of the principal point that a research paper intends to make. It is proven by organizing and presenting information from credible sources
title page
the cover page of a research paper which contains information about the paper, its writer, the course of study and the date
outline
a skeleton of the paper's organized main points
works cited page
an alphabetized list at the end of a research paper that identifies all the sources used in its essay
alphabetical order
the order used for organizing information on a works cited page and a bibliography page
bibliography
an extensive listing of ALL sources researched for a paper. It is presented in alphabetical order on a separate page
credible source
a source which has the knowledge and authority on a subject necessary to persuade the reader
credibility
the condition of being accepted as true and convincing
source
an individual or organization that has both knowledge and authority of a topic area
primary source
a source that offers firsthand information that has not been analyzed or evaluated by anyone else
a patient with AIDS
an example of a primary source
secondary source
a source which offers information that has already been organized and evaluated by someone else
magazines, newspapers, nonfiction books
examples of secondary sources
periodical
another name for a magazine
Readers Guide to Periodical Literature
a valuable research tool for locating sources of information found in magazine articles
alphabetical order by subject
the arrangement for organizing information in the Readers Guide
MLA
The association which sets the format rules for writing a research paper
source card
a card which contains important information for a source used in the research paper
parenthetical documentation
placing the author's name and page number of the source in parentheses behind a quote in order to give credit to that source
attribution
giving credit to a source by using parenthetical documentation and works cited pages
plagiarism
knowing or unknowing use of information from a source in a research paper without giving credit to the source
direct quote
information written word for word exactly as the source presents it
indirect quote
information from a source that is reworded or paraphrased by the writer of the research paper