New to Research Paper Starters

We do the digging so you don’t have to.


When you don’t know where or how to start your research paper, dive into an eNotes Research Paper Starter. We clearly explain and analyze over 1,500 complex subjects so that you can concentrate on learning what you really need to know and writing a great paper.

Why use a Research Starter? Two reasons:

  • easily fine-tune the thesis of your paper
  • locate expert sources without spending precious hours scouring a library database

Read on to find out more about this latest feature from eNotes!

If you’ve ever struggled with getting a paper off the ground, not knowing where to look to find the sources you need, our Research Starters are for you; they provide an excellent starting point for your research, so you can more easily plan your thoughts and find the primary and secondary sources your grader expects of your works cited. That’s because each Research Paper Starter includes an overview, a summary, an in-depth analysis with relevant details, a conclusion, and a bibliography for further research–everything essential about a topic on a single, easy-to-use page.

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No matter what subject your paper falls under, we’ve got you covered. eNotes has 1,500+ Research Starters in Literature, History, Science, Business, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Economics and more. Each topic’s Research Starter is specific and comprehensive, giving you a multitude of ideas around which to construct your essay. Planning your paper has never been this easy and productive!

Looking for a specific topic? eNotes’ Research Starters are listed alphabetically at this page and searchable by keywords. You can find the complete list at

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Expand your understanding, engage with the world around you, and get the grade you want with an eNotes Research Starter.

Ready to move on to writing your paper? Check out eNotes’ helpful guide on How to Write a Research Paper in 10 Easy Steps.