What Makes A Good Research Paper: Helpful Directions

Follow these directions to help you write a really good research paper.

  1. Before you even think of starting to write anything carefully check the instructions that your tutor has given you. If you are not sure of anything at this point make time to talk it over with your tutor.
  2. Make a note of the number of words that you need to produce and the date of submission. At this point it may also be a good idea to ask other students if they have used a professional proofreader. The money spent on professional proofreading can be an investment.
  3. Think about your topic. You may already have an idea, if so you can start putting a few ideas together and run them past your tutor. If you are not yet sure look online for some lists of ideas that are in your field of study.
  4. Look for examples. Start by asking your tutor and then move on to your school library. You can also look online for some free samples. Do make sure that they are free because some of them can be quite expensive.
  5. When you find some appropriate examples, check that you have one of average/good quality, one that was considered poor and one that is considered to be exceptional. Preferably they should be annotated so you can see what the marker has said.
  6. This may seem like a lot of planning but the more planning you do the more polished and precise your work will be.

  7. Once you have your idea you will need to start thinking about how to construct your thesis statement. Ideally the more your talk about your work the easier the words will form to describe the aim of your work. You will find that you will constantly revise the statement.
  8. Start a project diary. This is a really good habit do at the start of every project. Essentially this will save you time when it comes to writing up your work especially the methodology section as you will be noting down what you have done and why as you go along.
  9. Focus on the research for your work. Identify the target paper you are using and ideally download a copy so you have it to hand. Make a note of any key words that you use in your searches (as well as the order in which you used them).
  10. When you start writing your introduction, remember that this tells the reader the why, what and how behind your work. Make sure that you set the scene. Tell the readers why you are so interested in the topic and how it fits into your field of study.
  11. You should now be well on your way. Even if you are not having any problems at this point it may be a good idea to make an appointment to see your tutor and discuss your progress. If you need any extra help make an appointment to talk to a Learning Support Tutor.

Good Luck