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How to Write A Research Paper On Work Ethics

What is a Research Paper?

When you hear the term research paper, I am sure there are many things that come to mind. You’re probably already groaning at the overwhelming amount of work and ‘research’ as the name suggests which this will entail. And the research is only the beginning. But then there is the action of writing the paper itself.

Here are some questions which may help to dispel any myth you’ve been told about research papers.

Did You Know Research Papers?

  • ...are not essays? It is a form of expanded essay but not necessarily the same essay that you have been writing before. It will take a little bit more time and effort on your part.
  • ...are not summaries? You are not conducting research on what a bunch of authors have to say about a topic and then summarizing what each says.
  • ...explore your arguments? With this kind of paper, you have to come up with a thesis statement and use different authoritative sources that will give support to your perspective.

Research papers on work ethics mean that you will have to use your analytical skills to argue your thesis statement based on supporting evidence that you can find from other expert sources on the matter. The expert sources aren’t meant to be the focal point, but to be a support for your focal point which would be your thesis statement.

What Exactly is Work Ethics?

Before venturing any further into what your paper will entail, let us first agree on a definition of what exactly is work ethics and how this will help you to choose a thesis statement. Worth ethics are guidelines under which we operate in the world of work. Things like being punctual, being accountable, respectfulness are all considered to be work ethics and as you have probably identified these are a matter of morals, establishing a set of values, of what is desirable versus what isn’t.

Parts of Your Research Paper

The following sections will more than likely be required but your professor is the first word of authority when it comes to completing whatever task he or she would have assigned to you. Sometimes professors make modifications to the general format.

  • Title page- this may or may not be needed based on the style format that you are using APA or MLA. Your department or faculty usually follows one of the two and it is imperative that you use the appropriate one. APA is generally used in the Social Sciences and MLA used in the Humanities. If you’re not sure which to use, consult your professor for guidance.
  • Abstract- This is almost like a summary of your research that shouldn’t contain figures or references. It gives an outline of your paper.
  • Introduction- This is very elemental and should be powerful, insightful, attention grabbing and tells the reader what your paper is about and what they can look forward to encountering in the body.
  • Methodology- May or may not be included based on your level of studies. Refers to instruments used to gather information such as primary and secondary sources.
  • Body- This will be divided into paragraphs with topic sentences and the most compelling “evidence” to support your arguments.
  • Conclusion- Summarizes and synthesizes your points ensuring no new points are introduced.

Additional Tips

  • Make a plan before you start
  • Your first draft is never the final draft. Edit until you are satisfied
  • Use compelling arguments
  • Pay attention to your grammar
  • Keep a dictionary at hand
  • Cite your sources properly

Now that you have more knowledge about what is expected of you when writing your research paper on work ethics, you can feel more confident in what you need to do. Feel empowered in your writing.

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