How to make a research paper?

How to make a research paper?

The research paper is not just an academic essay. The difference is that, it is more longer and detailed assignments. It will check your scholarly research skills also along with your writing skills. Writing the research paper involves analysing, doing argument and interpretation which requires in-depth research.

            When writing a paper for your research work, you should contribute to it with your strong knowledge on the topic, making use of several sources and also by debating. We can now move on to the process involved in writing paper from the first step of understanding the assignment to the last step of proofreading it.

Understand the Assignment

  • Find the goal of your assignment, mark your deadline, identify the length details, do formatting and find the procedure for submitting it.
  • Understand your assignment by reading it carefully. If you have any doubt in it, make clarifications with the help of your professor.
  • Create a to-do list with highlighting the key points, strike off the points which you have completed once you started writing paper.

Choose a Research Paper Topic

            You can choose any topic for your research based on your interest. You can get it from your peers or from your professor or you can get it by conducting brainstorming.

Conduct Preliminary Research

            For doing a preliminary research you can use any sources like books, websites that are reliable or any journals. Note down the important topics for discussion, and find the problem which you are going to address.

Ø  Search about the popular debates you witness

Ø  Find about people who are looking on to the same sources in which you also look to

Ø  Search about the recent researches done on the topic

Ø  Find about the key point of your topic

Develop a Research Statement

            Research statement should summarize your whole research argument in one or two sentence. It should be very contentious, coherent and concise. If there is a need of further research and evidence needed for any particular area to support your statement, then find it.

            To argue supporting your research and to provide with position and purpose of your paper, research statement will help you. The research statement should be the solution for your research problem.

Create a Research Paper Outline

            An outline of a research paper consists of list of arguments, the proofs you add and the key topics. You should place different topics in different sections along with headings by which you can get a rough image of your paper before you start to write it itself.

            The time you spend to prepare an outline will not be of waste it is worth of your time, it makes your paper writing more effective.

Write a First Draft of the Research Paper

            The first draft you create will not be your final one. You can modify it whenever you want. Now in this phase you should concentrate only on:

Ø  You should maintain a momentum which is in forward motion: first write then correct it later.

Ø  Organizing your sentences and paragraphs according to the logical order will help you in making your second draft.

Ø  Your ideas should be expressed in a very clear way, so it makes no confusion for you when you write it.

Paragraph Structure

            Every paragraph you use should explain about a unique idea to support your overall purpose or argument of your research paper. It serves as the building blocks for your research paper.

Citing Sources

            To avoid plagiarism which may happen accidentally, you should keep eye on citation properly. Make note of the source from where you collected information. You can make use of any citation generators to generate citations automatically and also save your list of references.

Write the Introduction

            The introduction of your research paper should talk about three main questions:

What?  Here you should be very clear about topic of your research paper. Describe about the key concepts and terms of the topic also speak about the background.

Why?  It is the very difficult and important section for introduction. Make sure to speak about the new insight and material you are using, and mainly about the problem you are addressing.

How? The introduction part should have a table of content including the key elements from your paper to help the readers understand about your research.

Write a Compelling Body of Text

            The problem faced by most of the researchers is organizing collected data. The outline of your paper plays a vital role here. The outline guides you in writing paper, you can change the flow of order in which you are presenting the argument.

Use topic sentence and research statement to be focused. Verify the following:

Ø  Whether your research statement matches topic sentences

Ø  Logical ordering and similarities between each topic sentences

Ø  All the sentence with the topic sentence of a particular paragraph

Write the Conclusion

            Research paper should be concluded in a way in which the readers can accept your argument with satisfaction. Organize your paper in such a way that it should maintain a flow to support your argument. Make your readers accept your solution for the problem you addressed in the introduction section.

The Second Draft

Ø  Compare and find about the similarities between first and second draft and check whether it is on track.

Ø  Find the area which need more justification, remove them if it cannot be sustained further. Do it by keeping the perspective of reader in mind.

Ø  Behave flexible to change the order of execution of your ideas. Re-organize it according to you.

Ø  When writing the first draft if you feel any idea can be replaced then do it in your second draft. Replace the old idea with a well matching new idea.

The Revision process

            While doing proofreading and revision, you have to make sure whether you completed all the tasks and whether the paper is well organized or not. You can use a proof reader AI tool to enhance your process of proofreading.

Global Concerns

  • Make sure to complete all the necessary task assigned for you
  • Examine the flow and logical organization of the paragraph
  • Do a parallel check of paragraph with research statement and introduction

Fine-Grained Details

Verify the paragraph by checking the content on the basis of:

Ø  The topic sentence should be supported by each sentence of paragraph.

Ø  Remove any information that is irrelevant or unnecessary.

Ø  Don’t use any technical terms which is not familiar for audience.

Finally do a check for format and grammar mistakes. Make sure whether you have made smooth transitions with sentences and paragraphs. Also check for consistency and typos, neglect irrelevant words.

At last don’t forget to do formatting based on the rules according to the style you are using for citation.

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