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How do you make research papers: a guide for dummies


Whether this is your first research paper or if you have done so poorly on your last few assignments that you need a refresher course on how to properly format and write a research paper, it’s time to listen up.

Writing a research paper is one of the cornerstones of your education and the foundation of any academic experience, so don’t take it lightly. The skills you learn will take you far if you commit to what is needed for success.

Know what you’re doing


  • Choose a topic that suits you. If you are interested or have a background in a certain area of study, take advantage of it. Researching becomes SO much easier if you are not overwhelmed by the amount or depth of analysis required.
  • Are you writing on a topic that requires APA or MLA format? These six letters make a big difference in how you cite, source, and format your research paper.
  • Check to see if your department or university has a different format they would prefer for you to use.

This is a research paper, and while you may want to stray from what your instructions ask you to do ,do not make light of the assignment. This type of attitude and approach may have gotten you in to trouble in the first place.Take care to follow the same guidelines that have worked for so many others in the past.

The five paragraph structure


  • Your essay will need to contain an introduction, body, and conclusion.
  • Most research topics will certainly have plenty of information, so…
  • Make sure you are able to discern fact from fiction and spin from truth, so no TMZ, please. I shouldn’t even have to say that. This starts with having a clear thesis and sources that are reliable and worthwhile.
  • This format is the best way to showcase your research and conclusions regardless of the topic.
  • The five paragraph model can help ensure your ability to present fact from fiction and show the detail you are capable of.

A responsible writer will take the time to create a research paper that is thoughtful and true to the notion that researching, writing, and presenting a point of view is important to the integrity of writing itself. These guidelines are here for a reason; because they work. Follow them as a road map to a successful academic career.

 
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