writing a research paper

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    • #6475
      r7iris
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      I am in biomedical engineering major and now I need to write a research paper for 5-10 pages. I choose the topic on "genetic modified food" but thinking that the topic is kind of too big. Should I narrow it or generalize GM food?

      Also, does anyone has resources on how to write a good research paper? the format to write it, or links that I can get some information from?

    • #61639
      nugget
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      Havent you written a report before? hmm well ok i would ask my professor how they would prefer we set it out, first see what they prefer and if they do not specify it, then we’ll talk again…

      =)

    • #61711
      r7iris
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      I only wrote a research paper for english writing class and that’s not really the one my BME prof wants, she wants a scientific paper….. actually we are not limited to any topic but only need to about BME. My prof just assigns this hw and didn’t say much about it…

    • #61716
      nugget
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      I am sure if you ask them specifically, she would be more helpful?

    • #61761
      Dr.Stein
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      Research paper can be divided into two kinds: Research report paper & Research review paper.

      For report paper, we must mention: Abstract/Summary, Introduction, Material and Method, Result, Discussion, Conclusion (optional), Acknowledgment (optional), and References.

      For review paper, the format is more free, depends on your topic, but adequate and decent references must be quoted. Public magazines, free e-articles, and/or newspapers are not allowed. Textbooks, journals, e-books, and scientifical magazines are okay. You can divide your topic into parts, which should be systematically and not overlap with another parts.

      Pay attention for the langauge and writting style. Report paper use to apply passive style, while review paper is free but you should avoid use public/conversatinal words.

      Good luck! 🙂

    • #61765
      nugget
      Participant

      i know hey ! loool

      i love teachers they are one of my favourite kind of people.

    • #61803
      Dr.Stein
      Participant
      quote Linn:

      can tell your a teacher Dr Stein 😆

      Could you revise your sentence please? 😉

    • #61846
      Linn
      Participant
      quote Linn:

      ooops 😳
      (Edit)

      revised just for you 😉 😆 🙂
      I mean that is exactly what all my teachers say they wanted the format of my papers, especially about no internet sources. That is good because some proffesors allow internet citation, and it may not be a credable source. If I do research online, I try to only use University or Government, or e-book sources.

    • #61940
      Dr.Stein
      Participant

      Oh Lynne, I think you misunderstood what I wanted to say. Actually I didn’t get the point of your sentence because it seems like there was a typo there, so I wanted you to correct it so I know what you meant instead of you deleted it 😉

    • #61970
      Linn
      Participant

      silly me 🙂
      😳 😳

    • #62198
      r7iris
      Participant

      Thanks Dr. stein. I got what you meant by the two different kind of paper. I think my paper should be a research review paper. So, for the report paper, there are topics for each part. What about review paper? Can I write subtopics? I mean, like…

      Abstract
      Introduction
      background
      Method
      Transformation
      xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
      Gene splicing
      xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      I have one more question about the resources… Since I couldn’t find the background/history information about GM food from the school library database which are peer-reviewed. Is it good to use those search links from the google/yahoo?

    • #62207
      nugget
      Participant

      No hun, those links are not always reliable resources, and i personally would not use them in a research paper 🙂

    • #62219
      kjle
      Participant

      there is a lot of legitimately reliable information on the internet, the trouble is distinguishing b/t what is and what isn’t. As nugget said, it’s not the best source for info, but could be used as a last resort.

    • #62225
      Dr.Stein
      Participant
      quote r7iris:

      Thanks Dr. stein. I got what you meant by the two different kind of paper. I think my paper should be a research review paper. So, for the report paper, there are topics for each part. What about review paper? Can I write subtopics? I mean, like…

      Abstract
      Introduction
      background
      Method
      Transformation
      xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
      Gene splicing
      xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      I have one more question about the resources… Since I couldn’t find the background/history information about GM food from the school library database which are peer-reviewed. Is it good to use those search links from the google/yahoo?

      For review paper, you are free to format your report like what you want it to be. If you cannot find any informations you need, for instance for your background, you can omit that. Then you can change the focus on where you have many references for the part. Then you need to change your title to direct to where you are going to discuss about. For instance, you want to describe the method, you should put a proper title like "Methods to Create GM Food" or something better 😉

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