You did not want to belittle those concerns, or make them feel dumb, because this only put them on the defensive, and lead to a conclusion that went against your wishes.
By: Colin de Sousa Throughout your college career, especially if your major resides in either the humanities or other social sciences, you’ll be tasked with writing a research paper.
At this point, unbeknownst to you, you’ve reached a fork in the road.
There are two types of research papers, similar and yet different—the exploratory and the argumentative.
For an exploratory paper, the thesis most often takes the form of a hypothesis that the author uses as a reference point before they begin their research.
For example, if the objective is to learn more about the lifetime of bees from the perspective of a bee, they would begin by hypothesizing what they think they will find.Here's how you could outline your essay: Topics for this type of essay can vary a lot, as any subject can use this format.As a rule though, they can often be hot button topics.Exploratory papers are also more likely to draw from personally conducted field research.This strategy is common among psychology and social work papers because they necessitate questionnaires for certain topics.The purpose of an argumentative research paper is to influence the reader through the use of sources and opinionated dialogue on a subject.For example, say the topic for both types of papers was the prison system in America.This will then be either refuted or accepted in the conclusion of their paper.On the other hand, an argumentative thesis affirms its position at the beginning and aims to convince throughout.An argumentative essay will say why a certain city should do so, and give examples of how they could do so.If you've been asked to argue for a certain point of view, you'll need to explore your reasons for supporting it, as well as refuting the claims against it.