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Information and Resources for Research Papers, Reports, Essays, and Speeches

Writing a paper or presenting a speech can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. We know. We have been there and done that. If you have never written a college paper before, it can really blow your mind. There are all kinds of new terminology that you may never have heard before, such as: outlines, thesis statement, conclusion, informative paper, argumentative paper or speech, persuasive paper or speech, APA, MLA, citations, and much more.

Writing a paper or presenting a speech may not be easy, BUT there are resources that can help make the process EASIER. This web page and website is all about helping students achieve their degree so that they can achieve their life goals. It seems like writing papers, and giving some type of speech or presentation are a natural part of college life. This web page and website attempts to help make writing a paper or presenting a speech EASIER by providing you with information and resources on some popular subjects that many students choose for their topic for a paper (essay) or speech.

We know that many teachers want their students to find scholarly, credible sources such as journal articles that support the paper, essay, or speech. The purpose of this research guide was to do the research and present you with enough "scholarly" material to write a decent research paper (essay) or give a speech. We feel that we have achieved that.

SLOWLY, we will be adding more topics. We choose these topics because of student demand for some of the following topics AND because the following topics are so "popular" that quite a bit has been written about these subjects.

Asian Carp Research Information:

Many people are interested in Asian carp for a number of reasons. For one, the Asian carp presents a threat to the ecological system of the Great Lakes or any body of water that this fish inhabits. Secondly, if you have seen a video of how this species of carp flies through the air then you can understand the fascination with this fish. There are plenty of YouTube videos on Asian carp for you to view. One such video that gives you an idea of the interest in Asian carp is located at:

The Asian Carp Research Information web page will provide information about Asian carp as well as a list of more resources that you can use to find more information. Many students use this subject to write an essay or present a speech. There is not a lot of information on Asian carp, but there is enough available to write a five-page double-spaced research paper, with little effort. Asian carp can be a fairly easy subject for a speech, especially if you can use visual aids like PowerPoint or use an overhead projector to show a YouTube video about Asian carp. Flying Asian carp is a real attention-grabber no matter who the audience is.


Concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE):

The information provided on this web page is intended to help students write an informative research paper / report / essay on the topic of concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE.  Although the health risks of repeated concussions have been mentioned for decades, it is only recently that a lot of media attention has concentrated on the topic of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). However, football players are not the only people who need to worry about concussions. This web page provides a possible introductory paragraph with thesis statement, outline, and a list of resources such as books, journal articles, magazine articles, newspaper articles, and websites.


Cyber Bullying Research Information:

Bullying and cyber bullying are popular topics for research papers and speeches. The Cyber Bullying Research Information Web Page will provide information and statistics to help support an informative report or persuasive / argumentative paper. Some people believe that cyber bullying should be a crime and handled by the court system while others feel that education is the way to go to stop cyber bullying. Click on the Cyber Bullying Research Information link and you will be presented with a summary, thesis statement, outline, and list of books, journal articles, magazine articles, and websites that will provide information to help support your research paper, essay, or speech about cyber bullying.


Global Warming: What is global warming? What are the causes and effects of global warming/climate change? Is global warming a real threat to humanity and is the main cause man-made activities? Is global warming really not a threat and has been greatly exaggerated? These are very popular questions. There are a lot of opinions and literature covering the subject of global warming and climate change. Click on this global warming link and you will be presented with information, outlines, thesis statements, and more on how to write a paper, essay, or give a speech on the pros and cons of global warming.


Homeschooling: the Pros and Cons

When doing the research for a research paper, essay, or speech, it does not take long to see that homeschooling is a concept that has been around for centuries throughout the world. It is not a new idea. It is not a new idea in the history of the United States and it is not a new idea in most countries. History shows us that many people have not been able to access a "public" education. However, what IS new is the relatively recent explosion in the number of parents willing to home school their children in the U.S. Over the past few decades more and more students are being homeschooled. There are plenty of books, magazine articles, journal articles, newspaper articles, and research studies on homeschooling, private schools, and public schools. Along with all of this information comes plenty of opinions and controversy. There are a few basic questions that many people ask about home schools, but the MAIN question is "Do homeschooled students do just as well academically as students educated in a public school system?" "Is homeschooling as good of education system as the public school system?" The following information on this web page is a summary of a number of pros and cons of homeschooling. In a way, the literature will provide some information about the pros and cons of public schools, as well.


School Uniforms: The Pros and the Cons

Historically, the concept of school uniforms is familiar to many European schools and private schools within the United States. However, much more attention to the controversy over school uniforms arose when a significant movement began in the 1980's to introduce dress codes within public schools in the United States. Both sides have valid arguments. School Uniforms: The Pros and Cons presents summaries, thesis statements, outlines, and list of resources such as books, journal articles, magazine articles, and websites to help support whichever side that you take for a persuasive (argumentative) research paper, essay, or speech.


How to Write the Five-Paragraph Essay

We are more familiar with writing the traditional long major research paper. However, a number of teachers are introducing students to writing by having them write a "Five-Paragraph Essay." Please visit "How to Write the Five-Paragraph Essay" for more information on what the Five-Paragraph Essay is all about. Examples / samples of five-paragraph essays are provided for instructional purposes.

The VERY Basics on How to Write a Research Paper

It can be frustrating and scary if you have never written a research paper (essay), or it has been a long time since you did this kind of thing. There are entire books on how to write an informative, persuasive (argumentative) research paper, or essay. There are semester-long courses that teach you how to write a research paper, essay, or give a speech. The goal of this web page is NOT to write a book on this subject. This web page will give you an idea of what is expected of you, by many teachers, when trying to write a research paper.


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