Research papers are some of the hardest papers that you will ever have to write. This is due to the fact that in most cases it is not your thoughts and ideas that you are trying to convey through your writing. You have been given a topic and are asked to research it and present your findings in the form of a paper. This is great if you are familiar with the topic but if you are writing a college paper or something there is a good chance that this will be the first time that you have come across this topic and if you have no prior experience writing research papers then you may have a great deal of difficulty.
However there are some things that you can keep in mind when starting to write research papers. The most important thing when doing research papers is to ensure that you allow yourself enough time to research and write the paper. For example, if you were asked to write a twenty-page paper on a topic of your choosing that you did not need to research, the recommended amount of time is a month. So if you need to do some research before you start writing then you should allow yourself another month just to be safe. The bare minimum of time that you should allow yourself is a week and you will be hard pressed to write a good research paper in a week.
Before writing your paper you should already have in mind how you would like to organize and present the paper. Some people say that you should begin your paper by stating your thesis statement, which of course is true, but there are people who argue over when the thesis statement should be written. Some writer’s say that this is the first thing you write and others say that it is the last. The thesis statement is the question that you would like to answer in your paper. Sometimes people need to write the paper before they can write the perfect thesis statement, every writer is different.
When writing the thesis statement in research papers you should always try to keep it simple, you do not use an enormous subject to work with. This means that you may need to refine your topic. The thesis statement should a specific statement that is used a question that will be explored and answered throughout the course of your writing.
As with all writing the introduction goes at the top or beginning of the paper and the body follows behind and the conclusion is at the end. How you organize your information for each section is up to you but all information should flow together. It is recommended that you use headings when moving from one topic to another within the same paper. This organizes the information for the reader. The key to writing a good paper is organization and making clear points.
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