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How to write a research paper

  1. Choice the topic
    • Ask yourself important questions
    • Pick something you like
    • Stay original
    • Ask for advice
    • Be ready to change the topic
  2. Researching
    • Begin the research
    • Look for empirical research
    • Visit the library
    • Look online
    • Use academic resources
  3. Make outline
    • Annotate your research
    • Organize your notes
    • Construct a preliminary bibliography/references page
    • Identify the goal of the paper
    • Determine your audience
    • Develop your thesis
    • Determine your main points
    • Consider formatting guidelines
    • Finalize your outline
  4. Write your paper
    • Write your body paragraphs
    • Write the conclusion
    • Write the introduction
    • Document your paper
    • Edit your rough draft
    • Create the final draft

Additional academic resources:

How to write your first research paper by Yale Journal

How to write scientific research article by Columbia University

Steps in writing research paper by Suny Empire State College

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Creating An Impressive Introduction For Your Research Paper

Some would say that great introduction is all you need to have a superb essay - because that is the part that interest your readers the most. If you have a dull, monotone beginning of the essay, why would anybody bother to read the rest of it? Those first lines can make such a powerful statement, that if you compose them correctlyu - you won't have to invest as much time and energy in the rest of your paper.
  • Be direct
  • No matter what you are writing about, think very carefully what is the core or the essence of the idea you are presenting. Try to condense your thinking into just one sentence, and start your introduction with that idea. Introduction has to be short and powerful, you don't have time to explain many things - you should just impress your readers with simple, yet germane statements.
  • Have a voice
  • Don't be shy to think differently that your other classmates or even your professors. The classroom is the place for other opinions to be heard, so you can present a bold idea if you feel strongly about it. Maybe you won't be able to convince your professors that your point of view is completely valid, but it is impressive to try to look "outside the box". If you have an interesting idea about the theme of your essay, state it right from the beginning, in the introduction.
  • Know the ending
  • Not many students understand that for great introduction you have to know how your whole essay will look like, especially the conclusion. In the introduction you should write a short preview of the most important problems you will address in your essay. If you don't already have an idea what your conclusion will be, you might end us stuck in the middle of writing with no idea how to finish your paper.
  • Do a lot of research
  • You don't have to do a super detailed research, but have in mind some authors that you can quote or some books that you would like to mention in your essay, because they might be relevant for your introduction as well. The more information you present in the introduction, more professional your paper will look to your professor, and you are more likely to get the highest grade. Choose only the books that you understand and find relevant for your idea - don't quote authors just because you think certain names will impress your professors.