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What's a "research paper"?

Middle School Research Paper Tips

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What's a "research paper"?

A research paper is a formal report written that includes both your own opinions and research that you've used from books, the Internet, newspapers, magazines, or any other source. You will have to cite sources for your research papers and include a bibliography.

What is a "thesis statement"?

A thesis statement is going to be a clear declarative sentence in your introductory paragraph that tells what you're going to be writing your paper about. Think if your teacher asked you "what is this paper about?" your thesis statement should be the answer to that question.