Writing a research paper requires a lot of reading. At some point, it's time to begin the writing process.
The First Draft:
Once you have your first draft, you may find that there are holes in your research. To fill in the gaps, return to Gathering Materials, and revisit the Finding More page. Here is a brief list of strategies for finding more books and articles for your research:
Make an appointment for a one-on-one visit with your librarian. Your librarian can help you find more resources and teach you new research skills.
Synthesize what you have read into a cohesive whole that emphasizes your perspective, and supports your thesis. You've done the research, now blend together what you've learned and clearly express your own opinion on the topic. The research you have done will simply support what you have to say.
A blend of the research (envision a smoothie, rather than a fruit platter)
A discussion of the research in relation to your thesis statement
An demonstration of how all the research works together
An identification of your understanding of the research
Your conclusions based on what you've learned
Synthesis is not =
A restatement of the research you have read
A disjointed listing, paragraph by paragraph, of the research you have read
A retelling of other researchers conclusions without insight into your own