But to make sure your paper is complete, consult your instructor for specific parts they wants to be included in your research paper. But first, let’s discuss the main sections of your paper and what information each should cover.
The introduction should contain your thesis statement or the topic of your research as well as the purpose of your study.
The Body is the heartiest part of the essay, it includes many fact-rich paragraphs or subsections and will allow you to build upon your thesis statement by providing facts to support your argument.
This section should not only elaborate on your opening statement, but also provide insight into the methods used to conduct your research and include investigative points or answers to questions pondered.
The conclusion is where you form a summary of all your arguments so you can arrive at your final position.
Explain and reiterate why you've ended up with the said conclusion.
Remember the “Rule of 3” which states that you should find 3 supporting arguments for each position you take.
Start with a strong argument, followed by a stronger one, and end with the strongest argument as your final point.
In order to better acquaint yourself with the structure of an outline, check out sample research papers online.
The USC Guide to Making an Outline will also help you.