- By Daniel Millions
- Published 12/5/2008
If you have been asked to write a research paper then chances are that you will feel a little unsure about how to complete the task, particularly if you have not written one in the past. However by taking the time to follow some good simple advice the good news is that you can do a lot in a short period of time to ensure that you produce a good research paper. This article will look at some of the most important elements of the paper and hopefully often some good advice along the way. The first stage sounds simple but many students will get it wrong. The most important decision you have to make is to choose the right topic that you plan to write about. Do not choose one that is too general but also make sure that you choose one that is engaging and interesting enough to keep your attention and focus long enough to complete the paper. The next thing that you should do is to spend enough adequate time researching your chosen topic. This means using the available library facilities to develop as many different sources of relevant information as possible. Should you rely too heavily on a single source, then you can expect your grade to been significantly lower as a direct consequence. The next crucial stage is to develop and organize the arguments related to the key questions that surround the issue or topic that you have decided to write about. You should aim to construct a basic framework around the question that will help to guide you towards the final conclusions of the work. The most important stage of the entire process is to create a first draft of the research paper. This is because so many people are hindered by the thought of getting started because they want to write the perfect or near perfect piece of work. Instead it is far more productive to simply just write something irrespective of it’s grammatical or intellectual context. By allowing yourself to write freely you will get the research paper written a lot faster. Once you have completed the first draft you should look at what the school that you are writing for expects you to do when collating the information that you use during your work. Most schools will produce their own rules and regulations regarding footnotes and end notes and it is important that you follow them as you write the research proposal. Likewise you need to correctly document every source that you have used to produce the research and this should also be done as the guidelines state. The final advice that you should follow when writing the research proposal relates to the final draft and proof reading the work. It is vitally important that you take the time to read through every paragraph and page of the proposal in order to check for grammar, spelling and factual inaccuracies. Once you are satisfied you should also ask a close friend or relative to read through the paper to ensure that you have not missed anything as well.
Writing a good research paper does not have to be as stressful as you might imagine. Providing that you follow the simple guidelines outlined above, you should find that achieving a high grade is not beyond your abilities.