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The Main Parts Of A Research Paper: Tips For Dummies

The word 'Research' is originally derived from a French word 'recherche' which means 'to go about seeking'. A research paper is a culmination of sleepless nights and isolated times, spent only with stacks and piles of notes, drafts, articles and books. Well, the picture of writing Research Papers has changed over the time. It is no longer an intimidating and a gut-wrenching work. With proper guidance and comprehension, one can achieve a top-notch research paper. All one can do is learn the methodologies and then you are good to go! Given below is the information, on the format, you can keep handy when you feel indolent reading a book on Research methodology:

  • Cover Page- Also called the Title Page, consists of the research title, your name, the supervisor's name, information relating to the institution and the likes.
  • Abstract- Although this portion may seem like an excerpt but it is entirely a different entity. Abstract tells us, in brief, about the paper as a whole and talks about the writer's intentions prevalent in the work.
  • Introduction- In this part, you are responsible for introducing your topic. This is where you also provide your hypotheses and the several issues you are dealing with.
  • Literature Review- In this section, you are to provide with every single spec of knowledge you gathered from other authors' works, journals or articles. The information, presented in this part must be credible and most importantly relevant to your topic.
  • Methodology- It deals with all the methods you have incorporated in your work. Methods would range from laboratory experiments to Statistical computations.
  • Data Analysis- The data obtained after applying the methods previously will be analyzed here. There are quite a few data analysis instruments and operations, namely SWOT analysis, IPA, Objective Hermeneutics etc.
  • Results or Inference- It reflects upon the result which is generally exhibited in the form of pie charts and tables. These results solely depend upon the analysis of data.
  • Discussion- This section predominantly deals with discussions on results, scopes for improvement and how the paper is contributory in nature.
  • Conclusion- In this, it is important to reiterate the thesis along with a well-framed synopsis for all the previous sections.
  • Reference- This section holds the utmost importance. It deals with the source from which you have gathered information. There are several referencing styles, like the APA, Harvard, Chicago, MLA etc.

Having learned all about the basics of a research paper, you must not forget to consult with your supervisor for additional valuable information.

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