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How do I write a research paper: effective recommendations


If you are writing a research paper but are stuck consider these effective recommendations:

Start writing

At this point, your research paper will pretty much write itself. You have the thesis, the notes, the sources, the subheadings, and the information that you want to put beneath the subheadings. At this point, find a creative space in which to work. For some people this might be a local café where headphones and some classical music can drown out the surrounding chatter, or under a tree, or in a home office. Find whatever space works best for you. Start by turning off that internal editor. Do not edit as you go along, but instead get all of your thoughts out before they disappear. Pretend that the thoughts and creative ideas you have for the paper have a lifespan of 5 seconds and if you do not get them out they will disappear. Your goal is to get out the creativity before it flees; you can always edit later (and you will).

Step 2: Write down your thoughts below each section.

Use your words and your vocabulary. If you use a quote or use an exact passage you need to credit the source appropriately. Tie in the ending statement to your original thesis. Double check that you made your point appropriately and the reader got all of the pertinent information.

Step 3: Edit and Edit Again

After you have spent a lot of time writing your paper, you will need to distance yourself from it for at least one day before you can return and edit objectively. With some time and distance, you can return to your paper and read it under new eyes. Do this a few times, and each time you return you will find some new aspect to undercut or an error or two.

Check to see the following:


If the answer to the aforementioned is “yes” , then your research paper is read to submit. If the answer is “no”, then you need to edit and edit again. If you are having difficulty doing this, it may be best to hire a professional editing service to lend a hand.


Proofreading papers.

A student should also learn to find mistakes and various weak spots in their own texts. To do this, they should revise their papers and pay close attention to each paragraph and sentence. The process of proofreading often involves not only correcting errors but also rewriting some parts of the text to make them more reader-friendly.

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