Writing A Research Paper: 5 Good Rules To Remember

Have you been given a research paper to write? Are you already overloaded with homework and coursework and now you have to master the art of writing a research paper as well? If you are possibly feeling worried and overwhelmed, then take a deep breath and know that it will all be okay, for there is always help available! So, to get the ball rolling, here are five good rules to remember:

  1. Research as in depth as you can!
  2. Do you understand what's meant by this type of paper? Of course, the main component is research, so the most valuable thing you can do is rule number one: study your subject as much as you possibly can! Use as many different resources as you're able to find. Search in books, magazines, online- and go that extra mile to find all the relevant information you need to give you an in-depth analysis of the subject you're researching. The more you know yourself, the easier it will be to write about and the easier it will be to illustrate that you have researched your topic well. This is what your teacher will be looking for most with this type of essay.

  3. Apply your understanding.
  4. A good paper is not just a collection of information you've found though! You will need to show that you understand your subject and, having studied it fully, show that you're able to apply your knowledge and independently analyse it.

  5. Structure accordingly.

    Make sure you write your essay with a well thought out structure. Different types of essays can need different structures, so make sure you know how this sort of paper is best set out. You can look at past examples in books, online and in libraries to get a clear idea of what is expected.

  6. Include references!
  7. Make sure that all your references are included accordingly. You should always source quotes and ideas in the appropriate fashion. The last thing you want is to be accused of plagiarism! The more you have a good grasp of the subject at hand, the more you'll be able to write about it in your own words.

  8. Never hand in the first draft!
  9. Write a first draft, making sure that all relevant information and considerations are included. Then re-read, edit and polish. The more time you spend on it, the better it will be!