Phew! Finally, it is all going to get over soon. You are on the final step — the thesis — and then you will only be partying (for some time though). You may be happy about that, but for now, you need to be ready to form research ideas and pull your hair out while spending time working hard on your paper. From the seed of an idea to finally writing it, the entire dissertation may take several months. Working hard is the only option to write an exceptional research paper. We wish it weren’t so, but that’s how it is.
Genuinely, no one would be interested in reading your research paper unless it is a masterpiece. Therefore, you need to know how to write a research paper step by step to complete it competently. Let’s get started.
- A Topic That Is Fun for You
In all honesty, your audience will never find your research paper interesting unless you are interested in writing about it. As per the old saying, “No fun for the writer, no fun for the reader”. Coming up with a topic that does not interest you, would only make you fall asleep and slumbering at all times. Also, the content that you are writing should be on point for the target audience. Of course, when you choose a topic of your interest, you will put some extra effort into writing it. Nothing, seriously nothing, kills the research paper more effectively than the writer’s lack of enthusiasm.
- Finding Information
The days when you could simply use Ctrl C and Ctrl V for your projects have already gone. It is your research paper. You may have to go in depth to research on the topic, finding credible sources of the needed information. You’ll have to browse the Internet, look up books in the libraries, go through newspapers, magazines, and online reference materials. Moreover, you will have to gather everything you have found to create a perfect thesis paper.
- A Kickass Thesis Title
So, you have done the literature review and gone through several similar pieces. Now it is time to come up with a kickass thesis title. Avoid using vague titles. Choose the one that clearly specifies the purpose of the particular research. This will make you write, edit, and revise umpteen times, but it is going to be worth it and you will not believe that you have ended up writing such an amazing title.
- Making an Outline
Great research papers do not just happen. Even expert researchers first make tentative outlines to keep themselves on-track. To prevent you from going off the track, you need to form a short outline. Research papers normally consist of three main parts including an introduction, body and conclusion. Do not worry about the structure and sentences; quickly write the outline before you forget the key points to cover in the paper.
- Your First Draft
Now, when you are done with your research, have come up with a rocking title, and gotten all your notes ready, dig into your thoughts and write your first draft. It should make an extraordinary impression on your audience.
Pro Tip: Think and brainstorm before you write.
- Proofread and Revise
Now, when you have given hours of writing to your research paper, a great round of applause is due for you. But wait, it does not end here at all. You have to go through a sheer amount of boredom proofreading it all again. Yeah, this may make you cringe, but you cannot finalize the copy with grammatical and spelling mistakes, right? So, it is better to review it one more time. Do it very carefully.
Now, when you know how to deal with your research paper, we hope that you will be able to write a masterpiece. Good luck!