A Research Paper
A research paper is a piece of academic researched writing that argues a point or analyses a perception. A research paper should at the end present your own thinking backed up by others' ideas and information. A research paper is thus an expanded essay that presents your own interpretation or evaluation or argument.
Before writing a research paper you have to first familiarizing yourself with the works of "experts" by reading through information. You'll end up using relevant information--facts and/or opinions--from these expert sources, to support the topic you have been given or chosen to explore. At the end of writing a research paper you will end up with a final product that will be a unique and appropriate integration of evidence you have located outside yourself and personal insights generated from your own internal mind!
The entire process of writing a research paper will require a lot of hard work if it is to be useful at all. The experience of gathering, interpreting, and documenting information, developing and organizing ideas and conclusions, and communicating them clearly will prove to be an important and satisfying part of your education.
There are many approaches to research but the final product must have a stand point argued and analyzed out. A research paper should be a document that others read and get useful information for their own benefit.
A research paper generally addresses one central question and develops a thesis--the answer to the question. Usually you explain or defend your thesis with reasons and evidence gained from your own personal experience; often you are expected to include new thinking gained from your reading or research. Generally, you will need to settle on some organizational strategy, often including an introduction, body, and conclusion.