A research paper is a large scientific work assigned to students of higher levels of schools, as well as in colleges and universities all over the world. The main goal of this project, regardless of the subject for which it was assigned, is to define a particular issue, research it, and provide new ways to solve it that can be used for further investigation of the problem.
Research paper? What image comes into mind as you hear those words: working with stacks of articles and books, hunting the "treasure" of others thoughts? Whatever image you create, it is a sure bet that you are envisioning sources of information--articles, books, people, artworks. Yet a research paper is more than the sum of your sources, more than a collection of different pieces of information about a topic, and more than a review of the literature in a field. A research paper analyzes a perspective or argues a point. Regardless of the type of research paper you are writing, your finished research paper should present your own thinking backed up by others ideas and information.
The good news is, once you reach this point in the process you’re likely to feel energized by all the ideas and thoughts you’ve uncovered in your research, and you’ll have a clear direction because you’ve taken the time to create a thesis statement and organize your presentation with an outline.
MLA format is typically used for literary research papers and uses a ‘works cited’ page at the end. This format requires in-text citations.