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12 Useful Tips For Writing A Strong Research Paper


You likely know one or two students who excel at writing research papers. You might envy them and wonder how they are able to consistently earn top grades without breaking a sweat. You wish you had their skills and are willing to try everything to learn how to craft a research paper that will impress your teachers. Here are 12 useful tips to accomplish this:

  1. Make a Plan and Set a Schedule
  2. Whenever you are going to work on a large project like this you should plan your approach and set a detailed schedule for completing each task and phase.

  3. Brainstorm Original and Unique Topics
  4. Take a few minutes to consider all the things you are interested in finding out about a subject. Don’t search for easy answers, think outside the box and you’ll arrive closer to an original and unique topic.

  5. Conduct Primary Research
  6. Once you have a good topic idea, it’s time to start your primary research. Check online for some background information, but make sure you visit the library to check journals and books on your subject.

  7. Write Accurate Citations
  8. Save yourself time by writing down accurate citations as you gather your content. Keep your citations organized in a notebook or on notecards for easy reference later on when you put together your bibliography.

  9. Develop Mind Map or Idea Clusters
  10. Now it’s time to take all of the information you have collected and to group things into topic ideas. Mind maps or idea clusters are excellent techniques for organizing all of your content.

  11. Draft Your Thesis Statement
  12. After reviewing your content and grouping them into small topics, you should be able to draft a thesis statement to serve as your central argument throughout your research paper.

  13. Develop an Outline
  14. Take your topic points and pieces of supporting evidence to create an outline. You may make adjustments in later writing stages but at this point it should work to keep you on track and on topic.

  15. Write Your First Draft
  16. Write your first draft quickly and efficiently. Don’t stop to make corrections. Focus on getting all of your content and ideas down in a way that you can come back and make a critical evaluation.

  17. Revise Your Draft
  18. Set your draft aside for a few days before revising. This way you will approach your content with a more critical eye. Find ways to improve your writing by removing, rearranging or adding content. Don’t be afraid to make major cuts in your writing. The goal is to make a mediocre paper into a great one.

  19. Conduct Secondary Research
  20. After you revise your first draft you may find that there are some holes to your argument or some questions that are yet to be answered. Head back to the library and conduct a second round to fill in the gaps.

  21. Edit and Proofread
  22. The last step before submitting your paper for review is to thoroughly edit and proofread the entire content. Edit for clear and concise English. And make sure you correct all of the small grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes.

  23. Get an Independent Reviewer
  24. Before turning in your assignment, try to get a friend or classmate to read through it and provide you with feedback. There may be slight improvements you can make in the last minute.

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