The first time I tried to teach research papers, it was a mess! Students were absent some days and I couldn't keep track of who was where in the process.
Problem solved with a guide packet for each student. This teaches students to track their own research process as it walks them through making claim, doing research on note cards, and doing an outline. There is room for the teacher to write a letter about the research process to their students and helpful hints from resources to get them writing.