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Helpful Recommendations On Composing An Academic Research Paper


Writing an academic research paper is not that difficult if you have everything properly organized. Make use of the following recommendations on how to start, develop and complete a winning paper that will help you earn a high mark and your teacher’s respect.

  • - Pick your topic.
  • Choose the issue that is interesting and inspiring for you. The more concern you have about the topic, the easier and faster the whole research and writing process will be. Make your topic as narrow as possible. Let your topic be manageable, and check if there are enough sources to back your research on. Approve your choice with your teacher and make everything clear before setting to work.

  • - Gather information.
  • Be sure to look through the both online and offline resources when searching for the suitable information to base your academic research paper on. Browse the Web. The needed information may be found in online databases, archives, university libraries, encyclopedias, and on the different types of educational websites. Visit your school library and look through the available printed materials. Be sure to copy all the needed citation information to use it later in your reference list.

  • - Compose your thesis statement.
  • This is your position on the issue and you should successfully support it in the rest of your academic research paper.

  • - Create your outline.
  • Let it be rough. You’ll improve it in the process of writing. It should consist of an introduction, body, and conclusion. In the introduction, explain your choice of the topic, clearly state your thesis, and briefly mention your supporting arguments. The body should support your position, and it should contain at least three points, e.g. the strongest arguments that support your point of view. The conclusion should summarize your thesis and arguments in different wording.

  • - Write your first draft.
  • Keep to your outline. However, if you don’t have enough inspiration to write a strong introduction, put it off till the end. Be sure to express your thoughts on the issue in your words not to be accused of plagiarism. Each body paragraph should start with a topic sentence representing one of the key arguments. Prove your arguments by means of facts, examples, and quotations. Properly cite the sources. Follow the assigned formatting style. Pay close attention to your introduction and conclusion. They should follow the specific academic tone of the whole research paper.

  • - Edit your paper.
  • Check if the choice of words is good. Make corrections to your outline if needed. Look for the spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes.