Writing Any College Research Paper Is A Complex Task
There are so many research papers being written every month all over the world. The numbers are staggering. Professors and teachers in all courses enjoy assigning research papers to their students.
It doesn’t matter whether you are an English major or a business major or any other field in between – writing any research paper for college is a complex and arduous task.
Writing a research paper – what does it entail?
- Get organized. Get your writing space ready. Read over the guidelines on your assignment.
- Brainstorm your topic. Look over past assignments and class notes for a topic or issue you were really interested in. Or browse through some literature in your field of study to find some intriguing questions to cover in your paper.
- Do your research. You will need to thoroughly search and find as many relevant literature sources for your topic that you can.
- Make an outline. The outline will be like a framework that helps you to write the research paper. It includes the main points and shows you the flow of the essay.
- Sketch together the first draft. Gather all the notes you have written down, see how they fit into the outline. Find out which main points still need some supporting evidence and go find it in your sources.
- Write the paper. This step is kind of like fitting the puzzle pieces all together. Once you find out where each paragraph or piece of evidence fits in, write the entire essay from start to finish without worrying about all the corrections that need to be made.
- Proofread, edit and revise. Have someone help you read over your essay and see what needs to be changed or revised. It’s difficult to be your own proofreader and editor because you might not see your own mistakes.
- Properly cite your sources. All the sources you used need to be properly cited and given credit in your bibliography or reference table.
- Submit. Hand it in. It was a lot of work and now you can feel good that it is done!
Even though writing research papers is quite a complex task, if you start early and spread the work out then it doesn’t seem as overwhelming. It’s when you procrastinate until the last minute that things really become difficult. Small steps make a large task seem easier.