Research Paper Writing Tips

Revise and refine your research paper as best you can and set yourself. A deadline for submission or you could be writing forever I say this because you will feel that your research paper could always do with a constant revision and if that’s the case then you will never finish writing it remember the curse of perfectionism.

Always set yourself a deadline.

Here is a checklist you can use for the research paper revision process. When it comes to the structure of your research paper it is very important to consult your supervisor about this what does he or she expect clear about this.

Before you start writing a research paper, remember if you don’t know where you are going you are likely to end up somewhere else also clearly indicate all sections and subsections that is headings and subheadings as you write be guided by an outline or plan this helps keep track of the evolution of your ideas and determines the structure of your argument. An outline or plan also makes it easier to think in terms of chapters. This process allows you to synthesize your research paper into a unified and coherent piece of writing.

To ensure that your research paper looks professional keep the following elements consistent: heading, style, font, size, font style, layout and so on. Let’s turn our attention now to maintaining a clear argument in your research paper.  The following guide questions can assist in ensuring that your point comes across what is your topic and how is your work interesting and important state the problem as simply as you can what are you doing that hasn’t been done or known before what message do you want to communicate. What is the point of your research paper, how does it fit into the context of your field? You have to be able to convince your reader of the validity of your work and its contribution to the body of knowledge, so a clear argument is absolutely imperative also your research paper must consider its identification with key debates at postgraduate level.

Your discussion of these issues must be well-informed and thorough your work must be up to date with the current debate within your discipline and the topic area to which your research paper question relates furthermore you have to show which position within these debates your research finding support you must be clear on how your debate fits in and show an awareness of the other researchers positions in these debates.

How To Write Research Paper: Creative Writing Lessons & Tips Part 2

Make sure when you’re taking notes on your research paper, that you’re being very careful to write down clearly and completely the publication information you’re going to need that later on when you’re putting together your works cited list so when you’ve completed your research the next thing you’re going to do is move to the analysis stage and this is where you’re looking at the information that you’ve compiled and figuring out how it fits in with your thesis statement right what is the original statement that you’re making about this topic and how can you use the research that you’ve done in order to support that thesis statement.

The best tip that I can give you in the analysis stage is to make sure that you’re just being very careful to weed out the information that does not relate. A very common misstep for students when they’re working on research papers is that they will feel like I’ve done all this research I’ve spent all this time compiling the information I have to include everything it’s not true what you have to include is the material that directly relates that is going to to help you make your point in the most clear concise way possible so weed out that information don’t just decide to include something simply because you want another citation you know you want to say I read this book you want your professor to know that you did the work.

If the paper is on point your professor will know that you did the work so the third and final stage of any research paper any paper or any piece of writing for that matter is of course the writing itself and this is probably the piece that you all out there are the most concerned about because writing is time-consuming and it can be intimidating so we’re all interested in how to do it better and make the process go more smoothly so tip number one for when you are writing your research paper and this is the part where the integration is coming in all of that research and analysis that you did all that preparatory work is now going to benefit you in the writing stage so you’re definitely going to want to sit down at your computer or if you prefer to write longhand that’s okay too and just do what I like to call word vomit you just sit down and write whatever comes to mind just you know don’t hold yourself up with no that’s not the best way to say that the phrasing is weird I don’t want to use that word.

Just write whatever is coming into your head about the topic. You always have revision at your disposal there’s always going to be the opportunity for you to go back into that document and fix anything you don’t like so it’s going to be to your advantage to just sit down and get all your ideas on paper that way you’ll have the freedom to work with all of those ideas later speaking of coming back and revisiting the work later let’s talk about planning in the writing process and in the entire process of a research paper.

Everything You Need To Know About Thesis Statement

It is also vital that you have a good knowledge of relevant literature with regard to your field of study theories and methods for your field of study for instance it is necessary to prove comprehensive knowledge of its contextual background as well as the various approaches and findings previously used to study the field when discussing theories related to your study the key concepts and/or propositions that underpin the topic should be included with regard to methods.

You must be able to justify why you use a particular method in your research over other methods so you must first discuss the alternative methods and point out why your choice is more relevant to your research during so allows you to identify the limitations of your study which is not a bad thing to do. You must have limitations to keep your research focus a final word on ensuring a good literature review include the works of experts in the field you never know when one of them could be invited to sit on your panel secondly your literature should include up-to-date information from the most recent publications.

Finally let’s review some useful writing tips outline. Start by writing the core of the thesis which are chapters three four and five constant contact with your supervisor is crucial so that you know you are on the right track ask others to look at your thesis especially when you are at the revision stage and consider their feedback set yourself goals and a deadline. You may be tempted to keep perfecting your thesis but this is not possible in a finite amount of time learn to touch time this skill will be very handy once the ideas start to flow and to avoid back and neck pain devote at least two to five hours per week to your writing exercise.

You may be surprised to discover that your productivity improves after an hour of exercise say frequently as you work you never know when a power outage could take place when you are typing print multiple copies of your word and label the updated versions save multiple electronic copies this means saving your work on a couple of CDs and memory sticks as well as on your PC finally keep going you are on your way to achieving your goal and in the end the effort will be well worth it so what have we covered in this lecture first we look at suggestions for writing a well presented thesis secondly we discuss the expectations concerning the style and structure of a thesis next we explored how you can achieve a clear argument then we followed with a brief discussion on proving your knowledge of relative literature and finally we proposed some helpful writing tips I hope this lecture has helped you gain a better idea of how you can achieve a good thesis so following the suggestions I have made I wish you all the best with your efforts and thesis writing.

How To Write Research Paper: Creative Writing Lessons & Tips Part 1

For all you students and grad students out there who maybe have a big research paper coming up or any kind of large research project I’m Justine tal Goldberg. I’m owner of write by night a writer service and Writing Center with headquarters in Austin Texas serving Florida’s Treasure Coast and clients remotely nationwide and today I’d like to talk to you about some tips for approaching and carrying out your research projects so research papers or really any kind of research project can be extremely overwhelming it’s a matter of integrating your original thoughts with other people’s thoughts people who have come before you and written about the same topic so what we’re going to look at.

Today is the three steps in producing a research paper or a research project and those steps include of course the research the analysis and the integration so not surprisingly the first step in any research project is going to be research the key here is organization and organization is going to be key for each of these steps that I’m going to talk about today you’re going to want to carry that organization through the entire process so basically to start off before you even read a word on whatever topic you’re writing about or reporting about you’re going to want to develop an organizational system so that can be really anything that’s going to work for you I know that’s very general it’s a little bit broad but just kind of step back and think about how you like to work and what usually works best for you so a good example of an organizational system is perhaps on index cards very simple you can color code them so that when you need to retrieve the information later you’ll be able to do so easily you could even use various word documents with very clear labels very clear file names.

The key here is to be able to find that information later on when you need. It I’m also within this research stage and this is when you start to do a little bit of reading and you actually begin with your research you’re going to want to take copious notes as you go through make sure that you’re writing everything down if it’s easier for you to maybe you find a piece of material that you feel like is going to be very helpful make a photocopy highlight underline take notes in the margins that way you will have that information in front of you. You won’t have to rely on your memory later on which can very often be unreliable.

Thesis Writing Tips for Great Essay

If there is a logical arrangement to the ideas the whole discussion flows this provides focus and coherence to your topic as a whole and thus everything fits neatly together you therefore have a well-written and well argued thesis the third essential quality of good thesis writing is development this means your discussion must be amply supported with details research and examples where necessary okay let’s move on you know how important first impressions are in life well a well written and thought-out thesis should also make a good first impression this is essential good first impressions are reflected in the title table of contents abstract and introduction let’s have a quick look at each of these.

Your title must if the reader a sense of what you are examining in other words it must clearly indicate your topic and encapsulate what you are doing. Keep it short no more than 15 words long catchy and attention-grabbing next is the table of contents at first glance it should give the reader a sense of the organization and logic of your work the abstract should provide a good clear summary or overview of your thesis because this part will be the most widely published and read it should be interesting enough to capture the reader’s attention and the manner in which the abstract is written will give the examiners a fair idea of whether the rest of your thesis is well presented and of good quality after the abstract the next section that will be most widely read will be your introduction this section should be interesting read well and flow logically but keep it short and to the point.

Let’s now look at style and structure: first let’s consider referencing which is very important examiner’s are very pedantic about this one examiner has said that no more than 10 referencing errors be allowed throughout the thesis otherwise it should not be marked that includes using the correct format for your referencing therefore you must make sure that the correct referencing format is used the general preference is for the APA format of referencing that is the format used by the American Psychological Association. However this may vary between disciplines so it’s best to check with your supervisor one reference style is used in your college good referencing is important because it allows your reader to refer to the foundations on which your research is built and it tells the reader which part of your thesis is previous knowledge and which is your original work what about editing web revising your thesis you should do this at least twice to full drafts will allow you to pick up most of the major flaws let other people besides your advisor read some sections particularly the introduction and conclusion and give you constructive feedback.

Choosing words carefully

I recently read an article by René Barbier about a novel with no verbs, poetry with no Rs, and other intentional forms of writing. That’s right. People are writing this way intentionally.

In the case of the verbless novel, for example, French author Michel Thaler—who for a reason I couldn’t uncover considers verbs to be “like weeds”—set out to prove they aren’t necessary. His action-word-less novel, The Train from Nowhere, is 233 pages long. Barbier, who, apparently, actually read it, describes the story as “staccato, weird, and a bit exhausting, but oddly inspiring. And very French.”

I don’t read enough French literature to know exactly what it means to be “very French,” but Barbier goes on to say that exercises like writing without verbs are important and worthwhile. “They demonstrate that writing is about self-control and choice,” he claims.

Barbier cites other examples:

  • Georges Perec wrote his novel La Disparition (The Disappearance) without using the letter E. He then wrote Les Revanantes (The Ghosts) using the letter E but no other vowels (except for the As in the title).
  • Gottlob Burmann wrote 20,000 words of poetry in his lifetime, never using the letter R. This was, however, an exercise not so much in self-control as in obsession, as Burmann had a personal loathing for the letter R.
  • Francois Le Lionnais wrote poems of only word. Barbier quotes his masterpiece “Fennel” in its entirety: Fennel.


My first reaction was to assume that The Train from Nowhere was more novelty than novel. Forcing oneself to follow self-imposed restrictions might be entertaining for the writer, but does it enrich the reader? Does it enhance communication? Does it make the world a better place? If not, why spend time on it?

Then a sentence from Barbier’s concluding paragraph made me re-consider:

“At the very least, Thaler’s experiment with verb-free writing may be seen as a plea to think harder about the way language is used, at a time when much of the bestseller list is crammed with intellectual fast food, larded with adjectives and additives, written to an utterly undemanding, conventional form.”

(By the way, I don’t know if Barbier’s first language is English or French, or if his article was originally written in English or translated later, but I found the wordplay delightful! Take a look at the sentence above again. Phrases like “crammed with intellectual fast food,” a verb such as “larded,” and the alliteration of “adjectives and additives” and “utterly undemanding” are truly masterful! You’ll also want to read the full article just for the two clever limericks he ends with.)


So are you willing to engage in a little exercise, following Thaler’s lead? Try your hand at non-verb-al communication by leaving a verb-less comment below! Here are some samples, any of which you are welcome to plagiarize:

  • “Excellent post, Melanie!”
  • “Thoughtful. Engaging. Clever. As always.”
  • “Your usual brilliance on display!”

You get the idea. Give it a shot!

Or, if you think this kind of wordplay is pointless, leave a comment explaining why—and use all the verbs you want!

What writers (and others) can learn from Apple and Steve Jobs

As the delighted owner of an iMac, an iPhone, an iPod, and two MacBookPros, I have been a Mac enthusiast and evangelist for many years. It is not an overstatement to say that I love my Macs. (Whether this is healthy or not is another subject.) I believe that Apple products actually empower creativity in a way that nothing else ever has.

So I’m not sure what to make of the news of Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO of Apple. I have heard it said that Steve Jobs is (or, was) the only irreplaceable CEO in America. That’s easy to believe, but I hope it’s not the case. (Tim Cook, I’m rooting for you!)

Apple and writing

The Steve Jobs news reminded me of a post I read a few months ago by Stanford Smith, whose blog is called Pushing Social. Stanford posts a lot of good stuff, including The Apple Guide to Copywriting Magic, which I encourage you to read. You don’t have to be a writer or a marketer to appreciate the lessons Smith has gleaned from all things Apple. The 5 points he makes apply to Christians who want to share their faith, speakers who want to win a crowd, teachers who want to make a lesson stick, and anyone who wants to tell a good story.

Stories from Steve Jobs

In 2005, Steve Jobs gave the commencement address at Stanford University. In his 15-minute speech he shared three personal stories as a way to illustrate three life lessons he wanted the grads to know:

  1. Follow your heart—even when it leads you off the well-worn path.
  2. Love what you do—it’s the only way to do great work.
  3. Every day could be your last—live it to the fullest.

Apple stories from you

I’m not sure how many LifeLines readers are Mac users, but no matter which platform you’re native to, I’d love to hear your comments about story-writing, story-sharing, and story-inspiring tools you use—software or hardware, mobile or desktop.

If you are an Apple enthusiast, can you verbalize why? If you are stuck looking through Windows, what keeps you there?

And is it true that Mac people are more likely to evangelize than PC people are? I have never had anyone try to convince me to use Windows because their own personal experience had been so exciting, or effective, or fun. But Mac users always seem excited about new apps, new uses, new discoveries. Am I right?

And feel free to use images to share your stories. For example, you could post a link to an iMovie you created. Or post a link to your favorite “I’m a Mac. I’m a PC.” commercial. (Don’t you just love those?)

By the way, I am not an Apple affiliate. I get no commission for any Apple sales that may be generated as a result of this post. I just love my Macs, and I think Apple empowers my writing. But I will keep an open mind, and if you share something PC-related that can do the same thing, I will honestly give it a try. I promise.