When trying to define the research paper purpose, you should brainstorm a few ideas, which will help you to develop a research question that is relevant, interesting and novel.Some ideas are: Obviously, for a short-term research project, you do not have to answer yes to all of these questions or be as rigorous.
Do you think this opening paragraph will command their attention? Remember what you learned in first-year composition?
Will they read the rest of this statement of purpose with an open mind that this applicant is the kind of student they want? You need a "hook." A former student of mine applying to enter a master's program in library science had a great hook.
In an experiment-based project, this question naturally leads onto a hypothesis.
For a more review-based paper, such as an essay, it will lead to a thesis statement.
I don't remember Susan's exact words, but the opening paragraph of her statement of purpose went something like this: When I was eleven, my great-aunt Gretchen passed away and left me something that changed my life: a library of about five thousand books. it's clear, it's direct, it's 45 words, and, most important, it tells the admissions committee about Susan's almost life-long passion not just for books but for taking care of books.
Some of my best days were spent arranging and reading her books. When the committee starts to discuss their "best picks," don't you think they'll remember her as "the young woman who had her own library"?
At the end of the research, you will be able to refer your results and discussion back to the research paper question, adding a little more information to the store of human knowledge.
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For example, here's an opening to a typical first draft: I am applying to the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at the University of Okoboji because I believe my writing will blossom at your program since it is a place where I will be challenged and I can hone my writing skills. It's clear, it's direct, and it "strokes" the MFA program, right? The admissions committee will also know that your writing will "blossom" there since they feel they have a strong program.
Of course you will be challenged — all undergrads going on to a grad program will be challenged, no matter how well-prepared they think they are.