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Postby r7iris » Sat Dec 02, 2006 4:42 am

I am in biomedical engineering major and now I need to write a research paper for 5-10 pages. I choose the topic on "genetic modified food" but thinking that the topic is kind of too big. Should I narrow it or generalize GM food?

Also, does anyone has resources on how to write a good research paper? the format to write it, or links that I can get some information from?
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Postby nugget » Sat Dec 02, 2006 5:26 am

Havent you written a report before? hmm well ok i would ask my professor how they would prefer we set it out, first see what they prefer and if they do not specify it, then we'll talk again...

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Postby r7iris » Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:41 am

I only wrote a research paper for english writing class and that's not really the one my BME prof wants, she wants a scientific paper..... actually we are not limited to any topic but only need to about BME. My prof just assigns this hw and didn't say much about it...
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Postby nugget » Sun Dec 03, 2006 3:50 am

I am sure if you ask them specifically, she would be more helpful?
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Postby Dr.Stein » Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:01 am

Research paper can be divided into two kinds: Research report paper & Research review paper.

For report paper, we must mention: Abstract/Summary, Introduction, Material and Method, Result, Discussion, Conclusion (optional), Acknowledgment (optional), and References.

For review paper, the format is more free, depends on your topic, but adequate and decent references must be quoted. Public magazines, free e-articles, and/or newspapers are not allowed. Textbooks, journals, e-books, and scientifical magazines are okay. You can divide your topic into parts, which should be systematically and not overlap with another parts.

Pay attention for the langauge and writting style. Report paper use to apply passive style, while review paper is free but you should avoid use public/conversatinal words.

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Postby nugget » Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:33 am

i know hey ! loool

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Postby Dr.Stein » Tue Dec 05, 2006 2:29 am

Linn wrote:can tell your a teacher Dr Stein :lol:

Could you revise your sentence please? :wink:
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Postby Linn » Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:26 am

Linn wrote:ooops :oops:
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revised just for you :wink: :lol: :)
I mean that is exactly what all my teachers say they wanted the format of my papers, especially about no internet sources. That is good because some proffesors allow internet citation, and it may not be a credable source. If I do research online, I try to only use University or Government, or e-book sources.
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Postby Dr.Stein » Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:43 am

Oh Lynne, I think you misunderstood what I wanted to say. Actually I didn't get the point of your sentence because it seems like there was a typo there, so I wanted you to correct it so I know what you meant instead of you deleted it ;)
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Postby Linn » Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:00 pm

silly me :)
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Postby r7iris » Sat Dec 09, 2006 6:49 am

Thanks Dr. stein. I got what you meant by the two different kind of paper. I think my paper should be a research review paper. So, for the report paper, there are topics for each part. What about review paper? Can I write subtopics? I mean, like...

Abstract
Introduction
background
Method
Transformation
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Gene splicing
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I have one more question about the resources... Since I couldn't find the background/history information about GM food from the school library database which are peer-reviewed. Is it good to use those search links from the google/yahoo?
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Postby nugget » Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:43 am

No hun, those links are not always reliable resources, and i personally would not use them in a research paper :)
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