Top Tips on Writing A Good Research Paper

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Top Tips on Writing A Good Research Paper

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According to a recent study by, a good percentage of students don't know how to write a good research paper. If you want to write a good research paper, then you're in the right place. But before we delve deep into this topic, let us first go over the basics. 

What is a Research Paper?

A research paper is a type of academic writing where you use significant, theoretical data birthed from in-depth research. It's just like exploding the scale of the length and details in expository essays you have written during your high school days. Research papers may also contain thesis-based arguments with essential evidence from various reliable sources.

Writing a research paper may seem very difficult at first. But with the right tips, you can write a good research paper in no time! It's not too difficult to come up with something sweet and engaging. Before you start writing, make sure you have enough note paper and highlighters (for markings during your research). Without further ado, let us start with these top tips on writing a good research paper. 

  1. Select an inspiring Research topic

  2. Find and use reliable sources

  3. Organize your thoughts and notes

  4. Brainstorm on substantial outlines

  5. Write a quick first draft

  6. Read through the first draft and do some rewrite

  7. Edit the final paper and turn it in.

1. Select an Inspiring Research Topic

If you have the freedom to choose a topic of your choice, then it would be wise to choose a topic you've always found interesting or which you're curious about. You can use this opportunity to learn the topic in depth. If you choose a topic that doesn't interest you, you may not be motivated to do useful research. 

Whatever the topic you choose, remember to be specific. If you choose a generalized topic, the research may be too overwhelming, and you may not come to a meaningful conclusion. 

2. Find and use reliable sources

One of the best places to do proper research is the library. Not only is this place quiet, but it is also full of so many resources that can foster your research. You have access to countless books, journals, published articles, and free internet access! Find a cozy place where distraction is non-existent and fire on with your research!

The internet is by far the richest, most useful source of information available. With the internet, you can access different research items and papers from various other universities and colleges. You can find many legitimate and published scholarly articles and verify the facts using alternative sites and reference books. 

3. Organize your thoughts and notes

The ability to organize your thoughts and notes while doing research is golden. You must learn what information is essential and what would contribute the most to your research. This is to ensure that you don't bog yourself down with useless or unsubstantial information. 

If the information you want from a page is too much to write down, you can photocopy that page and highlight the information. You must remember to write down some important information such as the volume number, page numbers, book title, publisher name, author, dates, etc. Do this as you extract information because if you wait till you finish compiling, it may become an impossible task.

4. Brainstorm on substantial outlines

It will help if you write striking outlines to keep your readers engaged. You wouldn't want to start with something sweet and become bland in the middle. Brainstorm the best place to fix topics and supporting information. Choose the best place to state statistics and lots more. This part is very crucial to the success of your research paper. Focus on it because it is worth the time and effort and is your research paper's foundation.

You don't have to structure your outlines as full sentences. Just make it jottings of what you will remember. 

5. Write a quick first draft

After you finish with your outline, quickly write the first draft. Write as the ideas come to you and structure them as best as you can. Chances are you may still need to restructure the flow on subsequent drafts. You can still do more research along the way if necessary. Relax while you work - it's only a first draft!

6. Read through and Edit the First Draft

This last tip is a combination of two other tips. Once you feel your first draft is complete, you can then rewrite and edit your research paper. You may have to cut out some words, phrases, sentences, etc., or add to them. Make sure you write every source on your bibliography page and read over till it meets the stated requirements. 


Follow the tips above, and you'll find that writing a good research paper is no longer a problem!

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