Of course, this is not to say that the right choice of an research paper topic will guarantee an excellent grade. You will have to write a good research paper, and the you have chosen has to be fully developed. If it isn’t, the only positive thing in your research paper will be the title page with the topic on it.
One other note for Georgetown students: In a city that contains oneof the worlds great research libraries, representations from nearly everycountry on the planet, the headquarters of countless international organizations,numerous research institutes, and scores of other political, economic,cultural, and non-governmental associations and institutions, both domesticand international, there is absolutely no excuse for the complaint thatI cant find anything on my topic in Lauinger. Unfortunately, many undergraduate research papers are really no more thanglorified book reports. You know the drill: Check out ten books (in English)from the library, skim through three of them, note down a few facts ormark some pages, combine the information in your own words, and there youhave it.
Tips for revising the first draft of a research paper.
A research paper differs from a report . . . in one major way: you are expected to evaluate or interpret or in some other way add to and participate in the information you gather and write about. In a research paper, you are expected to develop a point of view toward your material, take a stand, express some original thought. pp. 2-3, Roth