Research Paper Writing
Despite the fact that according to the information provided below, writing a research paper is a simple process, often, the writing process becomes recursive and messy. That is why we suggest you to use the below outline as guide through research paper writing.
Guide Through Research Paper Writing
- Searching, Narrowing, and Trying to Focus on One Topic
- Discovering, Choosing, and Checking the Sources
- Collecting, Sequencing, and Writing Down Information
- Creating an Outline and a Writing Plan
- Introduction Writing
- Main Body Writing
- Conclusion Writing
- Creating the Final Draft and Revising It
Searching, Narrowing, and Trying to Focus on One Topic
- Choose the topic of your interest
- Write your way to the needed topic
- Have a conversation with your classmates and professor about the selected topic
- Position the selected topic in a form of a question that requires clear answer or in a form of a problem that requires solution
Discovering, Choosing, and Checking the Sources
You should pay attention to the following kinds of literature sources:
- Catalogs in the library, periodical indexes, different bibliographies, focus on the instructor's recommendations
- primary and secondary sources
- books, journals and other documents
Collecting, Sequencing, and Writing Down Information
In order to remain organized, the following plan can be applied:
- Use bibliography cards to note the sources
- Organize the selected material in accordance with its significance
- Take notes while reading the sources
Creating an Outline and a Writing Plan
Take into account the following:
- The topic
- Its importance
- Relevant background material
- Create a thesis statement
- Create a plan to support the objective of the paper
While writing the introduction do the following things:
- present contextual material or background relevant to the topic
- identify concepts or terms when it is necessary
- explain the objective of the research paper and its focus
- reveal your organization plan
Main Body Writing
- Use the outline and plan as your main guide
- Structure your paper around the main points (i.e. avoid organizing your paper around the sources)
- Incorporate the information selected from the sources in your paper
- Make a summary, conduct an analysis, explain, and assess the published work instead of reporting it
- Start from generalizing to varying and go back to the generalization
- When you argument is too complicated, you will have to summarize it.
- In case you have not explained the importance of all your findings in the main body, you will have to do it in conclusion section.
- You need to start moving from the detailed consideration to the general one in order to return the topic to the content incorporated in your introduction.
- Make suggestions regarding further research of the selected topic.
Creating the Final Draft and Revising It
- Double Check the Structure:make sure the introduction has logical flow, depth of discussion and coherence in the main body, clear conclusion.
- Paragraphs and their level concerns:topic and concluding sentences, ideas sequence, details usage in order to support all the generalizations, transitional phrases between the paragraphs.
- Level concerns of sentences:structure of sentences, proper word choice, spelling, punctuation.
- Correct Documentation: use only one system, cite the material, use endnote or footnotes according to the required format, create accurate reference list.