Remember that an article without bibliographical information is useless since you cannot cite its source.
Obtain teacher approval for your topic before embarking on a full-scale research.
If you are uncertain as to what is expected of you in completing the assignment or project, re-read your assignment sheet carefully or ASK your teacher. Avoid subjects that are too technical, learned, or specialized.
A research paper is a piece of academic writing based on its author’s original research on a particular topic, and the analysis and interpretation of the research findings.
It can be either a term paper, a master’s thesis or a doctoral dissertation.
Check out public and university libraries, businesses, government agencies, as well as contact knowledgeable people in your community. As you gather your resources, jot down full bibliographical information (author, title, place of publication, publisher, date of publication, page numbers, URLs, creation or modification dates on Web pages, and your date of access) on your work sheet, printout, or enter the information on your laptop or desktop computer for later retrieval.
If printing from the Internet, it is wise to set up the browser to print the URL and date of access for every page.
It will naturally change while you develop your ideas.
Stay away from generic and too fuzzy statements and arguments. The paper should present something new to the audience to make it interesting and educative to read. Present your own ideas in your own words instead of simply copying from other writers. An informal outline (working outline) is a tool helping an author put down and organize their ideas.
Avoid topics that have only a very narrow range of source materials.
For general or background information, check out useful URLs, general information online, almanacs or encyclopedias online such as Britannica.