Posted on April 1, 2019
“The Research Paper” by Steven D. Krause breaks down step by step the process of a research paper. Krause begins by stating that we should think of a “Research Paper” as a “Research Essay” or “Research Project”. He continues to state that, the word “paper” suggests something static, concrete, routine, and uninteresting and has a negative connotation. On the other hand, the word “Essay” has a more positive connotation and suggests an attempt at a paper.
Out of all the points made by Krause, the point of calling the “Research Paper” a “Research Essay” or “Research Project” stayed in my mind the most. Unlike a lot of students, I haven’t written a lot of research papers before and the I-search essay felt very daunting to me. I have read a lot of scientific papers before for projects and they are always so perfect in the way they statement their research and material. Knowing my writing ability, I felt nervous to even start writing about my process of research for my I-Search Essay. I think the way that Krause approaches research papers as research essays makes my mind feel more comfortable about my writing and feels easier to write what I learned.