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  • Analysing the research question!

    “The answer to your research question should be your thesis statement. Keep in mind that you will most likely continue to refine your thesis statement as you conduct and write about your research. A good research question, however, puts you well on your way to writing a strong research paper”

     Your research paper should be able to answer each and every question that you have raised satisfactorily. Before you know how to answer the questions in the correct manner, you must recognise to which category your essay belongs. Is it an explanatory essay or is it an argumentative essay?

    If it is an explanatory essay, the name itself implies, it targets to explain some topics in a descriptive manner with all information getting conveyed in detail. The writer does not get the creative freedom here to express his own opinion, arguments or eve criticism of existing arguments. However, if it is an argumentative essay, the writer has to incorporate   his view point in the way of an argument, ideas or critical perspective. It is a good platform for those who want to demonstrate their knowledge regarding the topic and also showcase their analytical skills.

    When you begin to write your document, you must first do the diagnosis in context to which category does it belong? You would get to know this by focussing on the question your research essay raises and knowing which category it belongs to. They key words in the question are great cues that would help you to understand more about how you should go ahead with writing or justifying the research question.

    If you feel stuck at the initial stage itself and don’t know the course you should be taking then it is advisable that you take help from an expert or preferably your supervisor because a wrong direction chosen at this point of time means whenever at later stage you understand, all your efforts would be in vain and you may repent that why didn’t you ensure earlier.  If you get a choice between whether to go ahead with argumentative or explanatory analysis of your research question, do not think that one way is easier than the other.  Whatever method you chose, it must go with the theme of your topic and the approach you follow thereafter should justify the way your research question in a way that the reader feels convinced that the problem has been handled holistically.

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