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Draw Conclusions


 Have you collected enough information to prove your point or answer your question?  If yes, it is time to present your findings to others.


Organize your information.  There is no right or wrong way to organize information.  If your notes are on paper or note cards, spreading them out around you on a table or floor and sorting similiar ideas into piles may be helpful.   Look a your notes and seek out patterns.

Create an Outline

A research paper is like a tree.  The thesis is the main trunk.  The main ideas supporting your thesis are the branches.   The supporting ideas are the twigs and the specific details are the leaves.

Possible Organizing themes.

  • Chronological Order
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Cause & Effect
  • For & Against
  • By Grouping  (A paper on bicycles may discuss ten speeds, mountain bikes, and racing bikes)