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How To Ace Your Next Research Paper: The Complete Guide

If research papers that you write don’t earn you high scores, it means that you do something wrong. In most cases, students don’t organize their work properly. As a result, their papers have plenty of weak spots. To optimize the working process and compose a great paper next time, you should read the tips given in this article.

  1. Choose a proper topic.
  2. If you have an opportunity to select a topic for your work, you should take this step seriously. Think about something that is interesting for you to investigate and look at this subject from an unusual angle to narrow your study.

  3. Gather information.
  4. You should do thorough research on your topic to come up with strong arguments and find real evidence to support them. Consult your instructor or teacher and learn what materials to read in order to find better data for your study.

  5. Compose a thesis statement.
  6. Your paper should have a sentence that clearly determines the main purpose of your study and gives your readers a hint on what to expect from the text. It’s not easy to compose a decent thesis by yourself, so look through guidelines on the Internet or consult your teacher.

  7. Outline your paper.
  8. Before you start writing, you should make a proper outline. Divide your paper into three main sections (introduction, body, and conclusion) and divide these sections into subsections that will serve different purposes.

    • Introduction.
    • This section should consist of a hook to attract your readers’ attention, presentation of your topic and its importance, and thesis statement.

    • Body.
    • Here, you should list all your arguments to defend your thesis and support them with factual evidence. If you conducted some experiments during your research, you should describe them and present the results that you’ve got.

    • Conclusion.
    • Summarize your main arguments in this section and state the significance of the work done. Discuss the results of your work and propose your readers to continue your study.

  9. Write the first draft.
  10. Stick to your outline when writing your draft but don’t be afraid to make some amendments in the process. Use topic sentences and transitions at the end of paragraphs to make your text clear and solid.

  11. Revise your draft.
  12. The last step is to proofread and edit your text. You should pay attention to grammar and spelling mistakes as well as to sentences or phrases that are written poorly or in a difficult to understand way. Revise your research paper for several times.