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Writing Styles

 

An explanation for each of the different writing styles can be found below. As you are deciding your research topic and research questions think about which writing style might suit your topic and research questions best.

 

 


 

Argumentative Research Papers

Take a position on a topic/issue.
Explain your position with reasons and evidence.
An argumentative research paper may have a thesis statement such as:

This paper will argue how owls nests should not be eliminated from barns because owls who live in barns help farmers by eliminating insects and small animals who are pests.

From this research statement you can see that the writer of this research paper argues (believes) that owls' nests should not be eliminated from barns. The writer uses two reasons to support (defend) the argument: owls help eliminate insects, and owls help eliminate small animals for farmers. The writer would first talk about, in greater detail, how owls help farmers eliminate insects and then talk about how owls living in barns help farmers eliminate small animals in the research paper.

 


 

Analytical Research Papers

Analyze an issue or idea by looking at various parts of the topic.
Explore and evaluate details about the topic.
An analytical research paper may have a thesis statement such as:

This paper will analyze different ways to save the Amazon rainforest. It will explain how the rain forest can be saved by limiting the number of tourists that visit the forest each year, boycotting goods made by companies who use the forests resources, and replanting parts of the rain forest that have been destroyed.

From this research statement you can see that the writer is writing about ways to save the Amazon rainforest (the issue or idea). This issue is being analyzed and broken down into three parts: Limiting tourists that visit the forest, boycotting goods made by companies using forest resources, and replanting the forest. The writer would evaluate and explain each idea in greater detail in the research paper.

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Compare and Contrast Research Papers

Examine two or more subjects to see the similarities or differences.

Choose points to compare the subjects

A compare and contrast research paper may have a thesis statement such as:

This paper will investigate how students are educated in public schools and home schools with regards to curriculum, quality of teaching, and interaction with other students.

From this research statement you can see that the writer of this essay wants to compare the similarities and differences between public schools and home schools. The writer would compare the two kinds of schooling by looking at and discussing curriculum, quality of teaching, and interaction with other students in both types of schooling.  

 

 

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