What is a research paper?
A research paper should provide its writer and its reader with new knowledge and a new understanding of a specific topic.
What is the purpose of a research paper?
To write an effective research paper, one that makes an argument about your topic, you must review relevant resources and, using powers of analysis and integration, develop a paper that reveals understanding and original thinking. Your research paper is to give a better understanding of the topic chosen, evaluate sources and provide the reader with a general overview.
What is a Bibliographic Essay?
A bibliographic essay is a critical essay in which the writer identifies and evaluates the core works of research within a discipline or sub-discipline.
What is the purpose of a Bibliographic Essay?
A bibliographic essay is written to summarize and compare a number of sources on a single topic. The goal of this essay is not to prove anything about a subject, but rather to provide a general overview of the field. By looking through multiple books and articles, you can provide your reader with context for the subject you are studying, and recommend a few reputable sources on the topic.
Example of a Bibliographic Essay
The chart below are points to consider when evaluating sources of information. Click on the CAPOW document icon to download the handout.