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It is neither a book report nor an opinion piece nor an expository essay consisting solely of one's interpretation of a text nor an overview of a particular topic.
Instead, it is a genre that requires one to spend time investigating and evaluating sources with the intent to offer interpretations of the texts, and not unconscious regurgitations of those sources.
Analytical research paper: The analytical research paper often begins with the student asking a question (a.k.a.
a research question) on which he has taken no stance.
Thus, an individual child's score is described as being the same as students that are younger, the same age, or older than that student (e.g.
a 9 year old student my receive the same score that an average 13 year old student does, suggesting that this student is quite advanced).
The goal of a research paper is not to inform the reader what others have to say about a topic, but to draw on what others have to say about a topic and engage the sources in order to thoughtfully offer a unique perspective on the issue at hand.
This is accomplished through two major types of research papers.