Research Paper Writing Strategies


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When writing an academic research paper, it’s recommended that you follow some guidelines which will assist you in producing a superb paper. These strategies are as follows:

Choosing a topic

You need to discover a topic that holds a great deal of interest for you, preferably one that you have passion for. Sometimes there are guidelines as to what general area your topic needs to be in and then you can narrow down from there. It should have laser sharp focus. The topic should be researchable and be able to be stated as a question or problem.

Research techniques


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Once your topic has been chosen and you have written a thesis statement, you will know what direction your research must take. There are a great deal of choices for finding relevant research material. You can go to your school library, public library, look online and in scholarly journals. Your teacher may allow secondary sources or interviews from people who are knowledgeable or directly involved in the field or exact topic you’ve chosen.

Organizing the information


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You need to have a system to sort and select from your copious amounts of research materials. Some examples that people use are bibliography cards, or organizing by alphabetical order on a spreadsheet for later reference. Keep your notes in an organized system as well. Some scholars number all their references and then use the numbers whenever citing the reference. It’s simple to go back later and insert the full reference where the numbers indicate it.

Outline and prospectus

You must convey to the reader why your thesis is significant. Why is your material relevant to supporting the thesis? Was it carefully chosen to back up your topic? What kind of plan will do the best job in supporting your purpose? Organize your outline in chronological order of events or else in specific steps that make sense to your topic. If the body is 5 paragraphs in length, then each paragraph could be a separate and succinct supporting idea to your thesis. They all should work together to support your paper.

Writing the paper

Use your outline as a guide. The outline guides you as to what to write next and where to place all your research. The conclusion should be a summary of all the paragraphs in the body. It wraps up all the loose ends for the reader. It’s the last thing your audience reads and therefore the most memorable.