How to Write a Great Research Paper

00:00 Jan 01


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No doubt you are looking into conducting some research for your degree, whether this is at undergraduate or postgraduate level – you will find that writing great research papers is a must to get noticed in to academic arena.

You will, of course, require commitment when looking into writing a research paper, as you will need to put it as a priority over many other pieces of work and social activities – essentially it will become a huge part of your life.  Students who commit to their research paper and look towards the future, and often find it easier to write and compile their paper by taking time out of each day to complete a small part of their research paper.

The fact that a research paper is required and be a piece of original research, in the academic arena, does make some students a little nervous and fearsome.  You should overcome these feelings as soon as possible, that is if you actually have them.  The actual research writing process is seen by many who have not completed it, as a farfetched long piece of boring writing in a boring world.  However, the opposite is true.  This piece of writing will be your own, something that you can hold onto until long after your course has finished; you should think of it as something higher than your average college/university essay.

The secret to writing a great research paper is to have the correct mindset from the start, among other things.  You need to have a focus and determination to not only complete the piece of academic research and writing, but also be able to develop your argument and prove (or indeed disprove) your current thinking/belief on the suggested/chosen topic.

A good paper starts at the subject in hand, and in order to undertake good research and writing, you will need to be clear on what it is that you actually want to research and write about – it is this clarity too that will help you realise how great your paper can be.  If you have not yet settled on a topic to research, then you should at least have decided on the area that you potentially want to write about.  Take note of what this is and discuss with your lecturer what it is that you actually want to do – no doubt they will be full of ideas and will offer you topic advice, identifying what you will be interested in researching.

If you have settled on the topic that you want to write about, and have a plan of what you want to find out, then you are well on your way to establishing your research paper as one to be envied.  You should be aware that there are many different research papers in the wider world that are in an enormous range of different subjects.  But, no doubt you will have already found this when researching for your essays.

You will want to establish that your work (or even hypothesis) doesn’t lead down the same path as someone before – it can follow on from them, and even follow a similar path, or repeat their research, but to conduct research which is the same as a previous one is not advised  – you want your work to be seen as original and individual.

Also as a student, you should be used to reviewing other research papers, gathering opinions, and representing your own thoughts on a given topic.  Therefore, you should be confident on what material to include in your paper and what not – identifying what will add to the overall impact of your own research paper.

A good research paper writer will consider the editing and revision process as an important final stage.  You will need to keep in mind that your paper should have a continual flow and be able to keep the attention of your reader.  Although not commonly stated, there are extra marks given for good language, grammar, clarity and tone of your paper.  Therefore,  you should ensure that your work is perfectly edited before you have your work printed and bound ready for submission.  The most embarrassing point after your submission is when you look over the research paper that you have submitted and notice some simple spelling and grammatical errors.