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RESEARCH PROJECTS
Purpose
Your curriculum is designed to prepare you for a professional career. No matter what that career may be, you’ll need the ability to follow specific directions, research information, write effectively, convey factual information and ideas to others, maintain ethical standards, think critically, and produce focused, informative documents free of errors. To help you develop and perfect these skills, Penn Foster Schools requires you to complete research projects and writing assignments in many of the courses throughout your curriculum. These projects are related to the specific subject matter you’re studying.

What Is a Research Paper?
A research paper should not express the opinion of its writer. It should be a factbased, informative project that’s supported by verifiable information gathered from recognized authoritative sources. Therefore, as you work on a research project, you must gather and evaluate information from various sources to gain enough information to thoroughly understand the concepts and questions asked in the paper. Then, once you understand the concepts, you should write the paper in your own words to inform the reader.

Organization of a Research Project
Your research project may consist of either a topic that you must research and develop into a paper or a series of questions that you must answer. If your project involves a research paper, your paper should have three parts: 1. Introduction. The introduction should be a short paragraph of around three to five sentences in which you clearly state the purpose of your paper. 2. Body. The body should consist of a number of paragraphs in which you develop the purpose you included in the introduction. In the body, you should clearly and completely explain the purpose. To do this, add facts, details, and examples from your research. To write a clear and complete explanation, you should research more than just one Web site or article. Remember: you’re not writing your...
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