Best Approaches to Writing Research Papers

Why is it so hard writing research papers?

If research papers were easy there would be little point in writing them. A research paper is there to show your ability to dig out relevant information and make sense of it and as such takes a huge amount of both effort and time. Many students at all levels struggle writing essays and research papers not because of the difficulties but because of the amount of time that they take when they already have many other commitments. This is why they need to learn the best ways to organize themselves to write or proofread papers.

Tips on writing a research paper

Writing finance paper outlines is the best way to go about ensuring that your paper will be outstanding. Most research papers have a simple structure and you can use that structure to model your outline. Different subjects and institutions could call for different structures but most will follow the outline that we will review below.

Your introduction

The first section of your research paper is your introduction. This should provide the reader with all of the information that they need to understand what the paper is going to be about and its full scope. Typically you will need to cover the following points:

  • A full statement of the problem that you are investigating; not a broad discussion of the topic but your specific area of research.
  • Define all key terms that you will use within your paper
  • Define the full scope that your research is covering
  • Introduce your thesis, hypothesis or argument so that the reader knows precisely what your paper will set out to show

Background

Depending on how your paper is structured will depend on whether the background is treated as a separate section or if it should be included within the introduction. Typically on longer papers the background will form a section in its own right. Your background section should be based on your review of relevant literature and needs to show;

  • The current state of knowledge in your area of research
  • Gaps in the knowledge in your area of research
  • Justification for and the importance of your research

The main body of your research paper

Often this is the part that most students are most comfortable writing. Like an essay you will need maybe three to five major points that you will address regarding your subject. Depending on the size and depth of your paper these could be individual paragraphs or whole chapters of information. Each major point should be a clear claim that supports your main thesis. They need to be written in a way that:

  • Clearly states what the point is
  • Shows the full context of the point within your area of research
  • Provides data or examples
  • Shows why it is of importance

Concluding your research paper

Your conclusion is the part of your paper where you tie together everything that you have written to prove your initial thesis or argument. The following are some tips on what you need to do to ensure that your conclusion is well written:

  • Summarize your main points and show how they tie together
  • Show how they support and prove your argument or thesis
  • Show the importance of your findings, implications
  • Show what is still required; weaknesses that require research

Writing research papers well

This is only one approach to writing your research paper; you could look at an alternative way of writing a research paper by following this link.

However you write your paper you must ensure that you end your work by carefully editing and proofreading your paper to ensure that you have avoided all grammatical and spelling errors. The demands on academic writing are great and you will need to ensure that when writing research papers you avoid any errors.

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