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English III Finding your passion: Finding Resources

Why are you writing a Research Paper?

Before you can start finding resources, collecting information and writing your paper, you must first identify your purpose, audience and format.  Once you know these 3 things, you can decide where to start looking for resources to collect the information you'll need to complete any research project.


Information is written/presented for different purposes - to inform, to persuade, to instruct, to entertain, etc. What is the purpose of your research?



Information is written/presented for different types of audiences - general, popular, juvenile, scholarly, professional.  Who is the intended audience of your research?


Information is presented in different formats.  As a student, this is usually determined by your teacher/instructor.  Look at your assignment directions or grading rubric to find if there is an expected format.