A research paper is an expanded essay that presents your own interpretation or evaluation or argument. When you write an essay, you use everything that you personally know and have thought about a subject. When you write a research paper you build upon what you know about the subject and make a deliberate attempt to find out what experts know. A research paper involves surveying a field of knowledge in order to find the best possible information in that field. And that survey can be orderly and focused, if you know how to approach it. Do not worry--you would not get lost in a sea of sources.
A single main point doesn’t have to be kept to a single paragraph, especially if you are writing a relatively long research paper. Main ideas can be spread out over as many paragraphs as you deem necessary.
An argumentative research paper takes a position on a contentious issue and argues for one point of view. The issue should be debatable with a logical counter argument.
What is the key to getting the highest assessment? The main things that can help you cope with writing a research paper are understanding of the task and its objectives, and in-depth knowledge of the topic that you have chosen. There are a few most common types of research papers. Each kind is widely used in different educational institutions for different disciplines and thus, it is important to know how to write each of them. As a rule, the guide provided by your teacher will state which sort of work you are required to write and what are the main requirements but to give you a general idea of what to expect.