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Decent advice on how to complete a brilliant research paper

Completing a high quality research paper can be quite the tough task. At some point during your studies, you will be tasked with completing a paper of this type. It can seem like a daunting proposition, as it requires a lot of independent thought and research to successfully complete and achieve high marks in. But fear not, as we have very decent advice on the best way to achieve this and smash your paper.

Sources

The aim of this type of paper writing is to teach students on how to interpret the sources they present for the topic of their writing. Your sources must be valuable, reliable and support the argument you are gunning for.

There are many places you can utilize to find good sources to implement in your paper. These can range from opinion blogs to peer reviewed scientific literature and most of these can be found online. If you are looking for scientific empirical research, then this can be found through an online journal, or any other database that hosts academic literature.

Another good place to utilize is your university’s library. The library will have many books, newspaper clippings and journals that you can utilize. If you are unsure where to look, then do not hesitate to ask the librarian for help. After all, this is their job and they will know exactly where you can find material relevant to your topic.

Planning

Planning is pivotal in attaining a good mark in your paper. What a plan does is that it gives you a good framework to reference while you are writing your paper. Many students have good ideas to use in their papers, but often forget about them when it comes time to write their paper. However, if you produce a plan, then you no longer need to deal with this agonizing issue that many disorganized students have to deal with.

The way in which you should plan is that you should look to jot down ideas for each point you are aiming to make in your paper. The advantage of planning like this is that your plan will become easy to keep track of when you are writing your paper, and you will be able to tick off the sections you have completed in order.

Structure

Many students mistakenly think that it is only the content that matter in their papers, however this could not be further from the truth. Your professors will also be looking out for the structure of your writing, and to see whether or not it flows well. It is dangerous to neglect the structure of your work.

Your work should be the following structure:

  • Introduction: Your introduction is a brief overview for the reader of what your paper will consist of. Due to this, many students complete their introduction at the end, once they have finished their paper, as only then do they know how their work pans out.
  • Main body: The main body of your paper is where you will be evaluating your sources. Remember that you also need to analyze opposing views to your own in research papers, and justify why you do not support those views.
  • Conclusion: The conclusion should provide a summary for the reader of the topics you have discussed. You should not introduce any further sources in this paragraph but instead make sure to repeat your main points.

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