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Choosing a Topic

This guide will help you get started on your research topic and help you visualize the research process.

Identifying Your Role as a Researcher

The first step in the research process is to identify your role as a researcher. 

Your voice should reflect the investigative nature of your work, so try to display your knowledge. Your instructors will give you credit for using the sources in your paper. Your role is to investigate, explain, defend, and argue the issue at hand. 

  1. Establish a Purpose: 
    • Research papers; explain, analyze, and persuade-- often in the same paper. 
      • Explanatory Purpose 
      • Analytical Purpose 
      • Persuasive Purpose 

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