Besides developing the oral communications skills, students also need to hone their technical writing skills. This resource provides some tips that will help students develop their research paper writing skills. The following steps describe the linear process of writing a research paper.
- Narrowing down to an area of study
Narrowing down involves selecting an interesting and engaging topic. You will need to take your time. Do not rush to select a specific topic. Pick a topic that motivates you to invest your efforts in the research. You will need to enjoy the research process.
- Carrying out the research
The research shapes your understanding of the topic. It will also facilitate the interpretation process of the topic. Record the title and the authors of the resources you use to avoid later confusion. Avoid direct lifting of the content from the resources used to avoid plagiarism. Critically evaluate your resources, and remember that not all the authors will agree with your opinion
- Construct a tentative thesis for the research paper
Develop a one-sentence thesis statement that will provide a general reflection of the argument you intend to develop for your paper. Make sure your thesis statement is concise. Avoid restating what other authors have written.
- Creating an outline
The outline will enable you to develop some focus and vision of the research. A comprehensive outline defines the three main sections of the research paper, which are the introduction, body, and conclusion. The outline could also focus on other more specific subheadings.
- Grouping and detailing the information
Group and organize the information researched according as per the outline. In this section, you also discard information that is not relevant to the main topic. It is also prudent to discard notions of other authors that are difficult for you to understand or include in the research paper. This section enables the student to juxtapose the views from different writers.
- Draft the Introduction, body and Conclusion
After organizing the research, you may now prepare the first draft of your assignment.
- Revise the paper to create the final draft
You may take time and revisit your work after some moments. Ensure that the argument is logical. Each paragraph needs to have a topic sentence that links with the preceding paragraph. The paper should be well formatted and cited correctly.