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WRITING A RESEARCH PAPER FOR A GRADUATESEMINAR IN POLITICAL SCIENCEAshley LeedsRice UniversityHere are some basic tips to help you in writing your research paper. The guide is divided into six sectionscovering distinct aspects of your paper. You need not organize your paper using these same sections, butyou will need to accomplish all of these goals. Two publications I found useful in putting together this guideare:Becker, Howard S. 1986. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish your Thesis, Book, orArticle. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.King, Gary, Robert O. Keohane, and Sidney Verba. 1994. Designing Social Inquiry. Princeton: PrincetonUniversity Press.The Introduction:The introduction is an important part of your research paper. While your introduction should berelatively concise, accomplishing the goals below will take more than one paragraph. In your introduction,you should accomplish the following:1. Capture the interest of the reader. Perhaps you can do this by pointing out a puzzle that we dont yetunderstand or a controversy in current scholarship. Perhaps you can draw on the normative importance ofyour topic to draw the reader in. Make someone want to know what you have to say.2. State your research question clearly and explain why we should care about the answer.3. Preview your argument and conclusions and provide a roadmap through the paper let the reader knowwhere you are going and what to expect. Reference to spe

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