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Research Paper Terms

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Report
A formal statement of facts about a subject
Essay
A short literary composition on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the writer
Research Paper
A research presents the results of investigation on a selected topic
Opinion
A belief held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof
Support
To furnish evidence for a particular belief or conclusion
Tentative Thesis
A working thesis that sometimes changes as results occur
Topic
The general subject of the research paper
Thesis
A sentence/argument that focuses the research paper
Blueprint
The sentence in the intro that suggests to your reader the way you're going to prove that your thesis is valid
Introduction
The first paragraph of paper; introduces the topic and contains the thesis and the blueprint
Body
The bulk of the paper; contains the facts/research that will support the thesis
Conclusion
Final paragraph of paper; concludes paper by showing validity of thesis
Sound Argument
A valid argument supported by facts and common knowledge
Periodicals
Magazines, newspapers, and journals
Online Sources
Any online resource from which you gather information for your research paper
EBSCO
An editorial service that provides access to periodicals
Proquest
An editorial service that provides access to periodicals
Authorities
An accepted source of experts
Copyright Page
The page in a resource that provides publishing information needed for works cited page
Cite
Use and documentation of actual text or original ideas from one of your sources
Plagiarism
Use of material without the required Documentation
Parenthetical Citation
Device by which you document the source of research
Cause, Effect, Solution Essay
An essay that explains why/how something happened, the result, and possible solutions
Outline
A preliminary sketch of what the research paper will look like
Map
A preliminary visual organization of the research paper
Works Cited Page
Page that lists all the sources cited in the paper, This page must be set up according to very specific rules.