Research Papers, Proposals, and Studies: Understanding the Difference
By Dr. Ron Wallace
Faculty Member, Criminal Justice at American Military University
The intent of a research paper is to report the findings of existing research that have been conducted on a specific topic. The writer assumes the role of a researcher from the perspective of identifying and reporting what has already been discovered about a specific topic.
The writer of a research paper may summarize, synthesize, and/or evaluate what has been reported in existing research. When thinking about Bloom’s Taxonomy and the different levels of learning, the type of analysis that is expected of a student writing a research paper is often driven by whether the student is at the undergraduate or graduate level.
In this video I will review the differences between a research paper, research proposal, and research study. In many of the courses I teach this appears to be an area of confusion for students. The information that I’m presenting below should useful in understanding the differences between these three key areas.
Looking for scholarly resources? See my video on, “Scholarly Sources: Finding the Reliable vs Unreliable.”