Make sure when you’re taking notes on your researchpaper, 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.
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.
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.