Starting a research paper is not an easy task! It will you some time as you will need to first choose a topic that interests you and your reader. Once the topic is chosen, you need to do a profound research on it, plan your research paper, make a rough draft, outline your introduction, thesis statement, the body of the argument, and your conclusion. It is often helpful to set up two poles, representing extreme positions, even if you want to ultimately undercut them, by mediating between them, or introducing a compromise. Situate your position within the general debate, and identify the main points you are going to use in order to argue for your position.