Creating a research paper is like creating a meal – it requires a number of ingredients that need to be put together in a certain way in order to create something of substance. The following recipe was followed to cook up a research paper on the history of home economics in British Columbia.
- One (1) reflection about yourself and the journey that has brought you to this research project
- One (1) idea for a topic
- One (1) reflection on your own personal educational experience
- A pinch of online research to familiarize yourself with the topic
- Several close analyses of secondary sources
- One (1) research proposal
- One (1) statement of process
- One (1) primary source analysis
- One (1) or more visit(s) with the librarian to help with finding relevant sources
- At least five (5) secondary sources and at least two (2) primary sources
If you mix these ingredients with several hours of critical thinking, analyzing, writing and citing references, you will have created a delicious research paper on a topic of your choice.