"Cry, Wolf" by Ella Bervan of Roane State Community College is an example of a good research paper. "An Evaluation of President Obama's First Year and a Half as POTUS" by Marc Turetzky is another good college research paper.
A good research paper has the traditional elements of an essay -- an introduction, a body and a conclusion. However, the paper has to include elements characteristic of research papers. The introduction includes a description of the problem researched as well as definitions of terms and concepts.
Next paragraphs include a review of the literature, discussion of the problem, the writer's hypotheses and the methods used for examining the hypotheses. Next come the findings from the writer's examination, followed by a discussion of what the findings show. The paper ends with a conclusion that summarizes the salient points of the paper.
"Cry, Wolf" starts with an attention-getter by tying the theme to the childhood story "Red Riding Hood." However, the paper details the writer's research into the endangered status of the gray wolf, positing that it is caused by cultural demonization of the animal.
"An Evaluation of President Obama's First Year and a Half as POTUS" is an example from Gavilon College. The author's purpose in writing this research paper is examining the efficacy of President Obama's first 18 months in office.