How to begin writing a research paper
Writing a research paper is a must or any students in school or universities. Usually, students may think of it as of nightmare and don’t want to start this painful for them process. However, there are lots of ways to make the process go faster and more efficiently. Those, who want to create a decent paper in a short period of time, here are some tips how to do it.
- Choosing the topic
Read your assignment and choose the topic that will fit it perfectly. It must be clear, simple but attractive, so try to find such topic, in which you can find new issues or solve some problems. Make a list of questions that interest you and are relevant to your task. Also, think what other people may want to hear from you (or find in your paper) and work on it also. Remember, that you ought to have a specific research. To show that it was made you need to provide a result, therefore, new information may become such result.
In many cases, the topic of your work may be given by your committee or instructor. If so, try to find something that interests you about the topic, attach to it and devote your work to it.
- Talk with your instructor
You will need an instructor to create a perfect paper, so find a person who is a specialist in a field you are writing about and ask him for advice. You will need his experience. Also, don’t be afraid to consult other experts, former students, graduates or other teachers that know something about your issue. Listen carefully and take notes of everyone’s advice, but filter information. It should be relevant and up-to-date; ask people about trustful resources which you can consult later and then refer to in your paper.
Beginning to write
- Plan your process
Every paper has a deadline, and yours is not an exception. To make everything on time and not be in a hurry, plan your writing process: create a schedule and note down the date and work you’re going to do. For instance, on the first day talk to your instructor, on the second gather information from the sources, etc. Stick your schedule to the mirror and strictly follow it. It will help you to plan your time wisely and understand on which stage your writing is.
- Conduct a research
Whatever topic you choose, you will have to do research, as this part of your writing process is very significant. You must find interesting information about your issues from the trustful sources and present it in an engaging manner. Try to do research reading every day for 2 hours. Read also about your topic in general; maybe you will find there something useful.Try to use only trustful sources, on which you can refer later. Otherwise, it will be difficult to explain where you’ve found such information and why it is truthful. Depends on a field you are writing about you may need either primary sources (liberal arts) of secondary sources (technical disciplines). Fist ones include original information, whereas second ones mostly analyze primary sources.If you have problems with finding the required information on your own, try to use your local, public or university libraries. Their databases are much bigger and will surely have something for your work. Also, it is considered to be a trustful source, so you won’t have any problems with referencing on it.
Keep your research materials together, since if you don’t have orderliness with it, you are likely to lose something essential.
Writing process itself
- Structure of your writing
Right at the beginning find out what kind of structure you need to present in your work. Usually, every work should have a thesis sentence which is crucial, as it gives the overall picture of your writing. To make an ultimate thesis it should be argumentative (you cannot say “because”, give arguments and evidence), convincing (provide as much evidences that support your point of view as possible), appropriate to your assignment and strict (stay focused, clear and short to show that you know your topic and are not just pouring some water in your work).
- Body paragraphs
Come up with a structure for all your paragraphs, so they wouldn’t have unnecessary information and be same. As a rule, body paragraph must have a topic sentence (explains what will be told in the whole paragraph), presentation piece of evidence, analysis (your thoughts about the issue according to the evidences), discussion (points of view about the evidence of the other people and related research conducted; thinking of its trustfulness), conclusion (summing up everything and creating a single point of argument and evidence).
- Don’t be afraid of writing
Don’t panic while writing the text. It may seem imperfect to you, so ask people around to read it and give their opinion on it. Listen to their critic and correct all the mistakes. Write everything you think about and then format these notes into the appropriate kind of text, then bring your draft paper to the instructor and let him give you a professional advice. Have a real, relax, and don’t give all of you into the process. Don’t think of it as a trouble; make it a challenging game that you must win.
- Change the audience
Some people don’t like telling the truth about something in order not to hurt other person’s feeling. To hear the truth and fair criticism, while asking people about their impression about the paper, pretend it is not yours or that it wasn’t you the one who wrote it. This way, people will be sure that they won’t hurt you writing skill and will honestly tell you what is wrong with your research paper.
- Proofreading and editing services
If you have huge doubts about your writing, show it the expert. Ask professional proofreaders and editors to check your work and correct mistakes that you cannot or just haven’t found. It is the safest way to ensure your paper is formatted correctly. However, you must pay for it.On the other hand, if you don’t trust such services or sure that you’ve done everything right, go ahead and present it to your teacher. It is only up to you what to do with it.