In many of your courses, you’ll be asked to write a traditional, thesis-based research essay. In this structure, you provide a thesis, usually at the end of your introduction, body paragraphs that support your thesis with research, and a conclusion to emphasize the key points of your research paper. You’ll likely encounter this type of assignment in classes in the humanities, but you may also be asked to write a traditional research paper in business classes and some introductory courses in the sciences and social sciences.
In the sample on this page, you’ll see a basic structure that can be modified to fit the length of your assignment. It’s important to note, in shorter research essays, each point of your outline might correspond to a single paragraph, but in longer research papers, you might develop each supporting point over several paragraphs.
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What is the first step of research paper writing? Preparing an outline. If you have a research outline ready before writing, you will be able to effectively organize and present all the information and ideas you collected during your research. A research outline will also help you write in a clear, organized manner without missing anything. This video shows you how you can create an outline for a research paper that follows an IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion) structure.
a. supporting evidence
B. Second Subtopic