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Research Paper, Term paper, Coursework

research paper is the culmination and final product of an involved process of research, critical thinking, source evaluation, organization, and composition.  It is a genre that requires one to spend time investigating and evaluating sources with the intent to offer interpretations of the texts, and not unconscious regurgitations of those sources. The goal of a research paper is not to inform the reader what others have to say about a topic, but to draw on what others have to say about a topic and engage the sources in order to thoughtfully offer a unique perspective on the issue at hand.


There are two types of research papers:

1) Simple Research Paper is piece of writing that requires gathering and systemizing data concerning a specific subject. It does not require conducting research other than reading primary and secondary sources. Then, a writer might be asked to: 

  • report about what was found about the subject;
  • present how the same subject is discussed by different authors;
  • make an argument about the subject;
  • compare/contrast concepts; 
  • investigate cause and effect relationship, etc.

2) Extended Research Paper is piece of writing that requires researching what others think about a topic (analyze primary and secondary sources) and, based on the information found, offer a unique perspective. Then, this perspective is to be supported/invalidated using qualitative or quantitative methods.


General structure of an extended research paper

I. Title Page (free)

II. Abstract (free):

- Problem statement.

- Purpose of the research.

- Methods used.

- Results.

-  Conclusion.

III. Introduction: 

-  A problem under discussion.

- Purpose of the study.

-  Significance/Gap in knowledge that is to be filled in.

-  Research questions.

-  Hypothesis.

-  Objectives. 

- Thesis presenting the structure of the paper.

IV. Literature Review: It implies making an overview of sources that concern the topic under discussion. The sources should be discussed in sections distinguished according to common themes, not just one by one.

V. Methodology:

-  Research design.

-  Sample/Population.

- Procedure.

-  Method of analyzing the results.

VI. Results: It implies telling about the most important findings of the research. No interpretation/discussion of the result should be provided. Figures and tables are advisable in this part. 

VII. Discussion/Conclusion:

- Findings in the context of what is already known about the topic.

-  The importance of findings.

- Implication of the findings.

-  Potential ways to continue research.

VIII. Reference Page (free)


Term paper is a record of information gained during a course. This paper should be the final work that shows what a student has learned, what experience he or she has gained. A term paper is different from a research paper in that it can be completed without conducting special research. The main idea that the work is based on should be included in the last paragraph of introduction.

Coursework is usually a semester work. It is opposing to pop quizzes and can not only show how well a student knows the studied material, but also shows attitude towards it and the understanding of problems. Coursework is a general name for any kind of writing - from an essay to a research paper. This is why the depth of your investigation may be adjusted, too.


Please carefully read your paper instructions to know what sections are required in your order. If anything remains unclear, please send a message to the customer for clarifications.