This may be the easy way, but it’s certainly not the best way. You’d read the person’s profile to learn something about his or her personality, age, and interests.
As you find sources, you need to evaluate them to see if they’re credible and if they’re right for your paper. You wouldn’t just start dating the first person that showed up on a list of search results for eligible singles in your area, would you? You’re evaluating whether or not this person is right for you.
Look at this example: Let’s say you decide to write about social media. “Social media” is too broad of a search and doesn’t include any focus.
(Note: you’re starting your search here without a thesis.)Typing “social media” in a search box will produce a list of all kinds of results, from a list of different types of social media sites, to social media in the news, to social media in schools. Try the search again with a working thesis, such as “Social media can cause teens to feel isolated.”Suddenly, your results change.
I’ll tell you what might likely happen: You’ll fail the paper.
So the first step to knowing how to write a research paper is to read the assignment carefully.
If you want to be stressed out, over-worked, and frustrated beyond belief because you just can’t find any “good” sources, then feel free to start researching without a working thesis.
If you want to work harder than you have to, then start researching without a thesis. Here’s why: A thesis is the controlling idea of your paper.
You can’t just grab a few random sources and try to make them work. True: Writing a research paper can be difficult and can seem overwhelming. It takes time and effort to find and evaluate sources, organize your information, and write the paper.
True: Writing a research paper is very time consuming.