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History homework question asked by my small bro

Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:26 am by student2012

Between Germany and japan who was the last to surrender during the second world war

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Need Help in writing a Research proposal

Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:31 am by The Students Forum(TSF)

How Do You Write a Research Proposal for Academic Writing
If you are in college then one of the many questions on your mind may be, how do you write a research proposal for academic writing. To write an academic research proposal is most likened to writing a proposal that addresses a project. The only difference is that the research proposal has either academic or scientific research at the …

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What Topics Should You Avoid in Writing a Research Paper?

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Post by The Students Forum(TSF) on Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:00 am

What Topics Should You Avoid in Writing a Research Paper?
Students who are given an academic assignment to write a paper may wonder, what topics should you avoid in writing a research paper? Choosing a subject matter for a research paper is hard, but there are a few key indicators that a particular topic that you are thinking about writing may not be a good one.

Topics to Avoid in Writing A Research Paper

There are a few categories of topics you should avoid in writing a research paper. These topics include:

Personal Stories and Information
Topics With No Available Information
Topics That Are Too Narrow
Topics That Are Too Broad
Personal Stories and Information

Unless you are famous enough to have one or more books written about you, you usually cannot do a research paper about yourself. After all, by definition, a research paper requires you to do research. This means that there must be sources available for you to use to do that research.

Topics with No Available Information

Just as you can't write a research paper about yourself due to the lack of "researchable" information, you also can't write a research paper about a topic upon which there is no data. If you choose something too esoteric (like the color of Napoleon's socks or what Albert Einstein ate for breakfast) you probably aren't going to find a lot of detailed information about it and you won't have enough information to write a successful paper.

Topics that Are Too Narrow

Continuing along the same theme, you also don't want to pick a topic that is too narrow... again, because finding enough information to write your paper is going to be impossible. You could, for example, easily write a paper on something like what makes a diamond valuable. However, it would be a lot harder to find enough detailed information if you made your paper about "what makes a one karat round F color diamond purchased in New York valuable" because you have just narrowed the topic to become way, way too specific.

Topics that Are Too Broad

In contrast to the above topics to avoid, it is also possible that a topic will have too much information available and will also not be good for a paper. If you have too much data, or there are too many different things involved, you won't be able to go into any depth about them and your paper might not be a good one. For example, a paper about "Causes of Gang Violence" is probably going to be a lot better of a paper than one about "Gang Violence" because the one about "Gang Violence" will just have too many possible things for you to write about (causes of it, effects of it, amount of it, types of it, etc.).


Specific Topics To Avoid

Some people may wonder if there are any specific topics to avoid because they might be "hot button issues." For example, a student may be afraid to write a research paper about the death penalty or abortion for fear of offending someone.

As a general matter, unless you know for a fact that the person you are preparing the paper for will be offended by the choice of a particular topic or the direction of the paper, writing about controversial issues can be OK. However, you need to remember that this is a research paper and it should be researched.

You can't (and shouldn't) just present your opinions or views on an issues - especially not a hot button one. If you make sound and logical arguments supported by research and data, the reader of your paper should be able to appreciate its accuracy and validity of the research, even if they don't necessarily share the views espoused in the paper.

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