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Research Guides


Basic Anatomy of a Research Paper

Introduction - what is this paper about (your topic)?

Literature Review- what past research has been done on your topic?

Background of Study (Optional) - Do you need to describe the setting, or background of why you are exploring this topic?

Methodology - What methods did you use to gather your data? How did you investigate your topic?

Results - What were the results that came out of your investigation?

Discussion - Do your results add to the literature? How do your results compare to the literature? Did you find out something interesting on your topic?

Conclusion - Conclude the summarization of study. What is next? Did your study contribute to the body of research on your topic?


Writing in the Humanities

Generally, writing in the humanities falls into one of three categories: research writing, interpretive/analytical writing, and creative writing: