Research is not something a lot of people enjoy doing. Just the thought of making a paper alone can make some students stressed and frustrated immediately. Students would always avoid doing these kinds of assignments. Maybe the reason for this is because aside from the fact that it is quite laborious to do, students were never really taught clearly of how to write a good quality research paper. However, writing should never feel as hard as it seems.
Here are a few tips to get you started.
Essentials to writing a good research paper
At times, topics for our papers aren’t really handed to us. We have to think of an idea or subject ourselves. So in choosing the right topic, you really have to consider a lot of things. Firstly, your research paper should culminate the central theme or subject your professor wants you to write about. If you were not given limits as to choosing a subject, choose a topic you know you’ll be able to write about at least within the page requirements. The page requirement could also be used as a guide in order that your research topic isn’t too narrow or too broad.
If you are given the liberty to write anything under the sun, choose a topic you are most likely interested in. It won’t really feel like much work. Your work wouldn’t really feel like it but more on finding answers to burning questions you are already curious about.
Once you’ve chosen a topic that suits your preferences, capabilities and requirements, you may now head to the nitty-gritty which will ultimately determine the flow and thought of your paper. Of course, that is none other than research. Remember that papers demand credible sources of information, so gather as much from the library, treatises or dissertations, or interviews from reliable professionals. Avoid depending on online sources alone.
Research can be overwhelming at first because you will be basically berated with tons of information, and you would probably be confused as to where you should start. However, you can always focus on narrowing down certain details and information from your sources later. If it’s the other way around, you can always use other sources to broaden it, or scrap your research topic to find something else.
When you’re done searching sources and skimming through relevant information, of course, there would be nothing left to do but to write. Before you do, however, consider making a thesis statement and an outline based on the research you found. This helps guide you to the direction you want your paper to go to, and it also provides you with enough guidance as to the need to do more.
After all that, you are ready to write. Don’t be too keen on imperfections. Just allow them to happen, and know that you can later get back to them when you’ve made your research draft.
After reading through all your work, you may now start making changes to your work. You can create two to three drafts out of the work you’ve done or even more, but that’s fine as long as in the end, you will be satisfied with the final outcome.