Art of Craftsmanship

Academic writing tips and guidelines

How to properly write a research paper?

Writing a good research paper takes time and effort on the part of the writer.  A good research paper will let one’s teacher or professor know how well one understands the course material and major terms taught in the class.  A good research paper will let the teacher or professor know whether or not one has been paying attention in class and taking good notes.

Here are few pointers on writing a good research paper:

  • The student should choose a good topic for the paper.  The topic can be selected from the course material, current events, and something that is of interest to the student.
  • Once select the topic to write about, the student should begin to do research on the topic and gather information on the topic.
  • Once have all the necessary information for the topic, now it is time to write the research paper.
  • Ensure that one creates the thesis statement or thesis question for the research paper.
  • Next, should create an outline before doing the first draft of the research paper.
  • The outline should be completed as follows: Introduction, Body, and Conclusion.
  • Once complete the outline should do at least two drafts of the research paper before writing the final draft.
  • The student should complete the final draft of the research paper lastly.  The research paper should have the following parts: Introduction, Body, and Conclusion.

How should a student define terms quoted in their research paper?

 It is important to define the different terms one uses in their research paper because the reader will have a better understanding of the topic.

Here are a few reasons why it is important to define “key” terms one uses in their research paper:

  • Must define “key” terms one uses in the research paper to ensure that the reader gets a better understanding of the topic.
  • Defining the “key” terms in the research paper will help the readers know the definition of words they may have never heard of.
  • Defining the “key” terms in the research paper gives the paper more credibility.
  • Defining the “key” terms in the research paper makes the paper easier to read.
  • Defining the “key” terms in the research paper lets the reader know that the writer understands what they wrote and there will be no confusion regarding the main topic of the research paper.