Research Papers

Research Papers are primarily quantitative research, qualitative research, mixed methods research, descriptive studies, pilot studies, or action research studies.

Word range: 5000 to 7500 (including footnotes and appendices, but excluding references).

Sections Needed:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Method
  • Participants
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion/implications/limitations/further research (as appropriate)
  • References

Example of a Research Paper Pearson, C. M. (2015). Too much stress and not enough food for thought (or learning). In Gonsior, M. W. & Losey, K., Expanding our perspectives – from the classroom to the community: Selected proceedings of the 2014 Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, October 17-18, 2014, 1-28. Grand Rapids, MI: Grand Valley State University. http://commons.emich.edu/mitesol/7