The research or term paper enables you to write a report or express an opinion on a topic by gathering and evaluating various materials. The research essay can be an intellectually satisfying experience. It will also give you practice using the resources of the library. You should expect to spend much more time on a research paper than on other types of essays. Unless it is a report, the research essay should not just be rehashing of other people's ideas on a topic. It should express your own ideas. While reading other author's ideas, you should evaluate them and formulate your own opinions. Only about 15% to 20% of your essay will be borrowed from other sources.
A few types of research papers: