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.
By Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth
Program Director, GovernmentÂ Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University
Few students enjoy the prospect of writing a research paper and the stress starts early on in the process: defining a good topic. Most often, the topic or problem initially chosen is too wide, too deep, and/or too unstructured. I call it problem inflation. I have found that I can help students tackle this problem by starting with some general discussions within the class.
By Judith A. Jablonski, PhD, MSLIS, MA
Senior Online Librarian at American Public University
When we talk about scholarly research we mean articles, books, or reports (print or electronic) that are based on original research or experimentation. The scholars being referred to are typically scientists, academics, or other experts in a given field who are often connected with a college, university, or similar institution.
By Molly Fischer
Online Librarian and Editor, American Public University
Government information is a fantastic resource for students to utilize when researching and crafting academic papers. So how do you find government information? It is available in many places, and where you search depends on the type of information youâ€™re seeking.
By Carol Froisy
Program Director, English and Communication at American Public University
Too many times writerâ€™s block strikes researchers before they even put pen to paper. From academiaâ€™s viewpoint, research must establish a problem that will make a difference, have a potential goal (solves a problem), and is beneficial to others.
By Dr. Jennifer Cramer
Faculty Member, School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University
In every anthropology course, our global experience as a learning community enriches discussion of current events and the human experience so that we can deeply reflect on where humanity has been and where it is headed.Â