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.